Down at the Docks

Down at the Docks No writer I can think of unless it is Sebastian Junger might have written this obsessed intrepid and intelligent book Alec Wilkinson Nowhere in all America wrote Herman Melville in Moby Dick wil

  • Title: Down at the Docks
  • Author: Rory Nugent
  • ISBN: 9780375420641
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Hardcover
  • No writer I can think of, unless it is Sebastian Junger, might have written this obsessed, intrepid, and intelligent book Alec Wilkinson Nowhere in all America, wrote Herman Melville in Moby Dick, will you find patrician like houses, parks and gardens opulent, than in New Bedford Not any Down at the Docks is about the lives of New Bedford fisherme No writer I can think of, unless it is Sebastian Junger, might have written this obsessed, intrepid, and intelligent book Alec Wilkinson Nowhere in all America, wrote Herman Melville in Moby Dick, will you find patrician like houses, parks and gardens opulent, than in New Bedford Not any Down at the Docks is about the lives of New Bedford fishermen man against the sea, and all that but it is much it is a hard, unvarnished look at New Bedford today, where the relic commercial fishing industry is only one of the components, and where the old ways run smack into modern problems like drug smuggling, illegal immigration, organized crime, disorganized crime, and suffocating government regulations Melville would have been shocked to see what has become of what he called the dearest place to live in, in all of New England Rory Nugent tells the fascinating story of New Bedford the way it really is, not the way wistful romantics would like to remember it Richard Ellis, author of Men and Whales

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    • Nugent examines the seedy underbelly of the New Bedford, Massachusetts docks in a blend of fact and faction. He organizes the book by focusing on a colorful dockside character for each chapter. And what a seedy underbelly it is: drug usage, drug peddling and drug smuggling; HIV/AIDS; rampant unemployment; organized and disorganized crime; prostitution; gangs; fencing stolen goods; illegal immigrants; illegal fishing. Everyone seems to be watching over their shoulder for cops hunting them down fo [...]


    • Absolutely riveting, informative, and entertaining book about New Bedford, Mass and the "characters" who inhabit the town's decaying commercial fishing industry. A perfect antidote to Kurlansky's THE LAST FISH TALE, which detailed Gloucester's declining fishing business.


    • This book is about a bunch of very colorful characters who call the fishing port of New Bedford their home. The book gives a good perspective on the decline of the fishing industry, and textile industry, in New Bedford, and New England in general. The book is a series of character portaits of real life "characters"; fishermen, bar and cafe owners, and others who are still making a living, barely in some cases, related to the fishing trade. Well written but somewhat repetitive, overall a fascinat [...]


    • If you read nothing else, read Chapter 5. If that is too much you have to read the segment in that chapter: Genesis (p.213 - 240). That portion is a brief history of the origins of the New Bedford whaling industry which start with the courageous act of a woman named Mary Coffin Starbuck.


    • In Nugent, America has at last produced an heir to the king of narrative non-fiction. DOWN AT THE DOCKS mines the dark seam that runs through the waterfront and offers up an amazing ride.


    • It seems that someone is always coming along trying to take up the mantle of Ernest Hemingway, Damon Runyon, or even Mickey Spillane – tough guy writers doing the no nonsense narration of tough guys doing tough things. There's a certain swagger in the voice, a mutual macho-fest in celebration of all things manly. As if fistfights, murder, and clubbing baby seal on an ice flow in Newfoundland, were still exclusively male dominated. Well, okay, maybe slaughtering seals is still a male only sport [...]


    • As immortalized in Moby Dick, New Bedford, MA was once the thriving center of North America’s whaling industry. Today, after successive waves of failure, the disintegration of the whaling, oil, textile, and commercial fishing industries, New Bedford is not a hopeful place. About the town, Nugent says, “the only place busier than the unemployment office is the women’s shelter.”Nugent describes fishermen running drugs to make ends meet, close calls with Coast Guard cutters, schemes to sink [...]


    • Down at the Docks is a compilation of stories outlining the New Bedford waterfront. Each chapter features a main character who has a relationship with the author, Rory Nugent. By doing so, fun facts, stories and brief history lessons on fishing and the Greater New Bedford area are presented to the reader. As a grandson of a commercial fishing boat owner/captain during the time of Rory's narration, the book is very well written and packed with factual information. Most interesting is the politica [...]


    • My entire family came from the city of New Bedford, and I've spent a lot of time there - the metro area has an almost mythic quality to our family. The history of the place is not something that I've engaged with - until reading Nugent's incredible book. Anyone interested in the history of America needs to read this book. It covers the Revolutionary War through today, skipping the parts that everyone knows already and getting to what matters – why we came here and what we’ve done with the co [...]


    • This an excellent portrait of New Bedford just half a decade ago told through a series of portraits of denizens of the waterfront. The tone is absolutely perfect, and some of Nugent's turn-of-phrase really stopped my for their spot-on simple elegance. Gritty, sleazy, outlaws who have little use for rules through the centuries, and now the law is closing tightly, changing the still-largest fishing port in the country forever. I recommend this book for anyone wanting to know how people can keep on [...]


    • Being from the New Bedford area I was very excited to read this book. However I found I was disappointed. The writer seemed to focus on a very narrow segment of New Bedford life and to be honest, a lot of it didn't seem true. The author did not provide a lot of context or history and presupposed a working knowledge of local fishing boats. Furthermore the dialogue itself seemed contrived.The book was entertaining, some interesting characters and a unique insight into New Bedford's dying fishing i [...]


    • This is a great interview book about the once mighty city of New Bedford now drug ridden and in a state of physical and moral decay. The author interviews fishermen and characters who inhabit the docks and one very interesting upper crust lesbian who lend more flavor to New Bedford than would an actual visit. This book should be required reading for all southern New Englanders. Do not let the first two pages written in pirate speak throw you off I almost dumped the book at page two but the Capta [...]


    • This book was essentially six portraits of people who live in New Bedford, MA, and are part of the fishing community.As I am fascinated by the working waterfront, and this is right next to Alan's hometown, I found it fascinating. I know Alan and Barry are both questioning some of the facts and voices, but I truly enjoyed the current(ish) glimpse in to the town and the history of the area.Happy I read it but sad that the bookstore there where I got it is closing. It was always a favorite stop whe [...]


    • I don't believe a word of this book mainly because I checked on the historical figures Capt Pelham Smith Ricker, Hosea Ricker, Abigail Coffin Ricker, Elizabeth Coffin, and Leander Coffin and couldn't find anything about them. Also, it seems that all the fishermen in the book are liars, thieves, drunks, and/or drug addicts. "Sailor" might think it makes a good story but it's too much of the same thing.


    • This is a series of non fiction character sketches by a guy who lived in New Bedford for 18 years boating , hanging out and partying with fisherman and others at the docks. To me it rings true, offering an unvarnished picture of some New Bedford people, what they are like, how they talk and their view of the world. Reading it felt like I was spending time at the docks.


    • Portraits of New Bedford fisherman, in the good times and bad, woven with maritime and industrial history of what was once the most important commercial fishery in North America. The caricatures are far too lengthy, but redeemed by chapter five: a fascinating essay on a matriarchal whaling society in the 1700s, lesbianism among society widows, and the current day seedier side of New Bedford


    • I didn't like the writing style of this book. I hated the flow and how the narrator would just pop up in the middle of a chapter. I know New Bedford has its problems and I knew this would not be a book about the glory days but I still was disappointed.


    • Great read. I am a native of New Bedford. The book captures the continuous, incredible decline of a once great New England city. Fascinating and heartbreaking.


    • A look at New Bedford, MA and its rise and fall in industry, culture, and crime-- through some engaging, entertaining characters and some well done historical fiction.




    • If you're going to read anything about life on the ocean, this one transcends all the cliches. I wish he got more attention.


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