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Don't Tell Mom I Work on the Rigs

She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse

By Paul Carter

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Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Published In: United States, 01 May 2007
- An unprecedented view of the oil industry from the inside-out: Paul Carter has worked on oil rigs since he was eighteen, in locations as far flung as the North Sea, the Middle East, Borneo, Tunisia, Sumatra, Vietnam, Columbia, Nigeria, Russia, and many others--and he's survived (so far!) to tell rollicking stories from the edge of civilization (places, as it happens, upon which most of our lives rely).
- An unbelievable cast of characters and catastrophes (in other words, a movie just waiting to happen): Carter, who continues to work on oil rigs even as he has now become a successful writer, has been shot at, hijacked, and held hostage; almost died of dysentery in Asia and toothache in Russia; watched a Texan lose his mind in the jungles of Asia; and been served cocktails by an orangutan on an ocean freighter. Taking postings in some of the world's wildest and remotest regions-not to mention some of the roughest rigs on the planet--Carter has worked and gotten into trouble with some of the maddest, baddest, and strangest people you could ever hope not to meet.

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Paul Carter, an avid motorcycle enthusiast and artist, lives in Sydney, Australia, when he's not working on oil rigs.

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"Great two-fisted writing from the far side of hell." -- John Birmingham "�Carter's� struck literary black gold with these stories, which are both horrifying and hilarious." "What you have here is that rare situation of somebody who not only has a story to tell but the ability to tell it. Carter's anecdotes are told with great good humor and perfect timing."

EAN: 9781600940255
ISBN: 1600940250
Publisher: Marlowe & Company
Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.4 x 1.8 centimetres (0.16 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This is an extremely hilarious book even though it tells a realistic account of the life in the oil industry. The author manages to tell the various events with a hint of irony. He realizes that the job he does is necessary to feed the constant hunger of our society for fossil fuels, and he concludes with a remark on sustainability. Interesting reading. Short book, and hard to stop reading after you’ve started.

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