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Fried Eggs and Fish Scales : Tales from a Sointula Troller

Fried Eggs and Fish Scales: Tales from a Sointula Troller

Jon Taylor
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Longtime fisherman and Sointula resident Jon Taylor dishes up hilarious yarns from his life off northern Vancouver Island.

Capturing the “rough but reasonable” freedom of Malcolm Island, situated off the northeast shore of Vancouver Island, Jon Taylor recounts the bizarre but enticing lifestyle of a fisherman and his remote community—“haywire tightwads” for skippers, rotten fish in the hold that become “three thousand humpies in a warm, pink soup,” and the kind of integrity you don’t often see.

Jon Taylor’s family history on Malcolm Island extends back to 1917, when Taylor’s Finnish grandparents planned to move to the community of Sointula, to live among fellow expats who shared a language and a dream. However, Taylor recounts, upon seeing the island they promptly changed their minds and moved to Cuba. Taylor himself moved to Malcolm Island in 1976 and became a steadfast resident, embracing the fishboat life, for better or worse, aboard seiners, gillnetters and his own troller. Taylor captures a classic but now-disappearing way of life in its heyday with his vibrant and amusing vignettes.


 

“I used to have a jaded view that some commercial fishermen were lawless, tax-evading, hygienically-challenged boozers. Turns out I was right. Jon Taylor's collection of hilarious and thought-provoking stories would make any wharf-rat proud.”


–Randy Nelson, author of The Wildest Hunt

“Reading Fried Eggs and Fish Scales is like sitting in the warmth of a well-found fishing boat's wheelhouse, listening to a natural storyteller and philosopher recount his humorous and sometimes harrowing adventures as well as many memorable characters he has crossed wakes with.”


–R. Bruce Macdonald, author of Never Say P*g: The Book of Sailors’ Superstitions


Harbour Publishing
ISBN: 9781990776656
Paperback / softback
5.5 in x 8.5 in - 224 pp
Publication Date: 16/03/2024
BISAC Subject(s): BIO026000-BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs,HUM021000-HUMOR / Topic / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional,TEC049000-TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Fisheries & Aquaculture 
 

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Longtime fisherman and Sointula resident Jon Taylor dishes up hilarious yarns from his life off northern Vancouver Island.

Capturing the “rough but reasonable” freedom of Malcolm Island, situated off the northeast shore of Vancouver Island, Jon Taylor recounts the bizarre but enticing lifestyle of a fisherman and his remote community—“haywire tightwads” for skippers, rotten fish in the hold that become “three thousand humpies in a warm, pink soup,” and the kind of integrity you don’t often see.

Jon Taylor’s family history on Malcolm Island extends back to 1917, when Taylor’s Finnish grandparents planned to move to the community of Sointula, to live among fellow expats who shared a language and a dream. However, Taylor recounts, upon seeing the island they promptly changed their minds and moved to Cuba. Taylor himself moved to Malcolm Island in 1976 and became a steadfast resident, embracing the fishboat life, for better or worse, aboard seiners, gillnetters and his own troller. Taylor captures a classic but now-disappearing way of life in its heyday with his vibrant and amusing vignettes.


 

“I used to have a jaded view that some commercial fishermen were lawless, tax-evading, hygienically-challenged boozers. Turns out I was right. Jon Taylor's collection of hilarious and thought-provoking stories would make any wharf-rat proud.”


–Randy Nelson, author of The Wildest Hunt

“Reading Fried Eggs and Fish Scales is like sitting in the warmth of a well-found fishing boat's wheelhouse, listening to a natural storyteller and philosopher recount his humorous and sometimes harrowing adventures as well as many memorable characters he has crossed wakes with.”


–R. Bruce Macdonald, author of Never Say P*g: The Book of Sailors’ Superstitions

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Harbour Publishing
ISBN: 9781990776656
Paperback / softback
5.5 in x 8.5 in - 224 pp
Publication Date: 16/03/2024
BISAC Subject(s): BIO026000-BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs,HUM021000-HUMOR / Topic / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional,TEC049000-TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Fisheries & Aquaculture