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  • Title: Fishing in Utopia
  • Author: Andrew Brown
  • ISBN: 9781862079953
  • Page: 318
  • Format: None

  • Andrew Brown lived in Sweden as a child in the 1960s Ten years later, he returned he married a Swedish woman and worked in a timber mill, raising his small son, first of all in a housing estate on the edge of Gothenberg, and then in a makeshift chalet in the forest This book tells his story and woven into it is the landscape of Sweden.
    Andrew Brown
    Andrew Brown is a journalist and writer editor of the Belief section of the Guardian s Comment is Free as well as a weekly web column and other work He is author of Fishing in Utopia , The Darwin Wars The Scientific Battle for the Soul of Man, and In the Beginning Was the Worm Finding the Secrets of Life in a Tiny Hermaphrodite He has also been Religious Affairs correspondent for the Independent.


    King Canute in the story allowed the flooding tide to splash about his ankles to show his courtiers the limits of power and authority. There are broader tides to human affairs that wash over kings and queens as much as commoners. Andrew Brown's book is a record of how those broader waves and currents washed over him as he charts the flow of his relationship to Sweden were he lived at various times during his life, married, and had children (view spoiler)[ or for clarities sake he fathered childr [...]

    Helen Farrell
    Read this on the back of Wallander and the Stieg Larsson books, wanting to know more about Sweden. It's interesting and quite informative, but less about the country than about the rather troubled author. A book that is more thought provoking than expected, but the author ultimately is too introverted to provide great insights into Sweden. But worth a read.

    I've thought about moving to Sweden several times since Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979, but since I can't speak the language and learning it wasn't going to happen for me, the idea has remained a wistful fantasy.There was a Swedish librarian working in Nyeri , Kenya as part of an aid programme, when I was teaching at a rural school nearby in the fateful year of 1979.That was the beginning of the long arc of the ascendancy of neo-liberalism in politics and economics which for a brief mom [...]

    Megan Jones
    Looking for an outsider's opinion on a country I will soon visit intrigued me. Well, beyond the very detailed descriptions of the beautiful landscapes, I took little else from this book. I certainly don't share the author's passion for fishing nor did his writing captivate me enough to continue reading after about half way through the book. He briefly describes Swedish history and some cultural aspects of the people of Sweden which might help in my travels but I found nothing else even slightly [...]

    The best line in the book is the description of cosmopolitan Stockholm as the place that Tony Blair wished he was Prime Minister of. Lots of descriptions of fishing and anomie. Since I don't fish, and don't speak Swedish, this gives me some idea of what will be left over for me when I move to Sweden next year.

    Had to give up on this, although I wanted to read some Swedish travel writing, think that a fishing book was pushing it a bit!


    A captivating and spellbinding tale of a man's journey in one of the countries I love most. I picked up this little gem while waiting at Göteborg airport at the end of my exchange in 2014. I had tears in my eyes, I didn't want to leave. I have visited again numerous times, and I will keep visiting, that much I know. I don't know much about fishing, but I now wish to learn. And I will definitely be buying my own stüga. I only wish that, one day, I will be able to write my own tale set in Sweden [...]

    Ryan Williams
    Always regarded a passion for fishing as something that periodically afflicts men once they hit middle age, like impotence. Although fishing plays a large part ('I had even watched the broad agricultural reservoirs of the English Midlands appear in Swedish fishing magazines as exotic and desirable destinations'), this book is about a lot more besides.Before reading, my knowledge of Sweden and its citizens was somewhat limited. They gave the world ABBA, The Cardigans, Ace of Base and, of course, [...]

    Sometimes the tell-tale sign of whether or not I enjoyed a book is the likelihood of reading it again. This book will remain on my bookshelf, never to be returned to.Read it only if you're interested in both Sweden and fishing. I have knowledge of Swedish culture, gained through weeks spent in the country, long talks with natives, and now living here myself. The book mentioned numerous places I recognized and have knowledge of - places I have visited or now live in. It also brought new places in [...]

    Charles Cobine
    This memoir traces the story of an Englishman who marries a Swedish woman and settles in Sweden in the late seventies and early eighties, as the country is in the process of transforming itself from a small, secure, peaceful country known for its social welfare tradition to an increasingly capitalistic, externally influenced, information-age economy. Though I do not share the author's interest in fishing, the descriptions of Swedish life in the then of the 1980s and the 2000s depict a special pl [...]

    Vildan Arıcan
    have u ever felt the fate,,, or how we are affected? subconsciously? say, you are watchin a film and u have heard a place u never encountered before, thenyou carry on readin ur bed-side book catchin the glimpse of the place u have heard during the movie that called inter-texuality? fate? conscios?After watchin the third chapter of Snow Queen, I took my book at hand aaand here is Lapland where Andrew goes after all these years he spent with his ex-wifeIt is a recluse world in Sweden he uses as to [...]

    För något år sedan tittade jag på Skavlan, om jag minns rätt, och författaren var inbjuden att prata om sin bok. Boken, som för övrigt van Orwellpriset 2009, skildrar det svenska samhället mellan 1960- och 1980-talet och samtidigt får vi ta del av flera av författarens privata minnen från sin tid i landet. Jag vet egentligen inte vad jag hade föreställt mig men det var nog inte vad jag fick. Det var några år sedan som jag köpte boken, och jag kan inte riktigt komma ihåg mitt re [...]

    Anyone who has read Henning Mankell's Wallander novels will be aware that Sweden in the 1990s and the early 2000s was a country ill at ease with itself. Mankell himself subtitled the series 'novels of the Swedish anxiety'. Andrew Brown's excellent study of Sweden since the 1970s is a fascinating introduction to the tensions at the heart of this apparently perfect society. Brown's book works particularly well because he is part insider, part disinterested observer. He married a Swedish woman in t [...]

    I have to say, fishing is not that interesting to me. Thus, although this book was well-written, I found parts of it a little bit of a drag. Nonetheless, the discussion of how Swedish society and culture evolved over time was very good. The author does not overgeneralise from his own experience, which I appreciated. He recounts his life in Sweden and later visits to it lucidly and with a pleasant sense of wonder. Britain is only referred to briefly as a point of comparison, and does not come off [...]

    Lovely book. Thought-provoking and quite melancholy, a reflecion on paths not taken(the author's own; the Swedish social democratic future). More explicit reflection on the former would have been welcome, especially the young Brown reacting against his parents' expectations, and ultimately his desire for a life which took him back to England. But the latter was good: the book is ostensibly an account of cultural and political change in Sweden since the Palme years, and makes uncomfortable readin [...]

    Why I don’t believe people who say they loathe Islam but not Muslims. It is psychologically unnatural to claim that you hate an ideology without hating the people in whose lives it is expressedIt is a trope among people who loathe and fear Islam that their fear and loathing has nothing in common with racism because Islam is not a race, the implication being that hating Muslims is rational and wise whereas hating black people is deeply irrational and stupid. - Andrew Brown a South African novel [...]

    Des Small
    A memoir that combines a lot of stuff about fly-fishing (with nature- and landscape-writing better than Granta-esque) and a semi-detached account of Sweden's transformation into and out of its role as the promised land of social democracy.I used to have more than a bit of a thing about Sweden, even if I only went there once, and Brown confirms my suspicion that it was really the 70s version that appealed to me, and that that isn't available anymore. (Now, of course, I live the Netherands; one of [...]

    If you know very little about Sweden this is an honest and unpretentious account of how it's changed in the last 40 years that might make you want to read more, or visit. Many of the changes from the 1960s to the 2000s documented in the book, from the ghettisation of suburban satellite neighborhoods, to the social democratic ethos turned into anti immigration rhetoric, the touristisation of the countryside and its gentrification due to housing markets mechanisms, and the southern europisation of [...]

    Janice Webb
    I really enjoyed this book and being familiar with Sweden I found it added a lot to my understanding of the country and its people. I could imagine the places mentioned. However, it is clearly written for people who are interested in knowing how and why Swedish society has changed in the last 40 or so years.

    The fishing bits were horribly uninteresting, but the commentary on a changing Sweden - particularly the bits that compared with the UK - were intensely interesting. This is probably because I've lived as a foreigner in both places, but still very worth a read if you're interested in perspectives on the changes in the social welfare state.

    A contemporary autobiography built around the twin themes of Sweden and fly fishing - not the sort of thing that I would normally pick up but it was interesting and the two themes were woven together well. Written by a journalist so as much social comment as personal history

    I added this to my list after it was in the Best of 2008 in the Economist.

    This was an interesting read but I found the style it was written in quite frustrating. However, definitely a recommended read for those who find themselves living in Sweden now.

    Not quite what I was looking for, veered too far towards autobiography.

    Roberto Ash
    I suppose you would enjoy this book a lot more if you shared the author's passion for fishing. I didn't.

    Recommended by Rick.

    Strange book - interesting enough to keep you interested. Nice landscape description and political observations. Kind of a very narrow focus.

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