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If you liked this book, you might also enjoy A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There Winter World The Ingenuity of Animal Survival Summer World A Season of Bounty At the Water s Edge The Book of Barely Imagined Beings A 21st Century Bestiary The Forest Unseen A Year s Watch in Nature Although famous today for Silent Spring, Rachel Carson had already made her name decades earlier During the 1930s, as a young zoologist specialising in marine ecology, she helped pay the bills with a series of essays which appeared in newspapers such as the Boston Globe and attracted widespread praise These led, in turn, to several books about the ocean, of which Under the Sea Wind was the first It reads almost like a nature documentary, a narrative description illustrated with pencil sketches by Howard Frech of the wildlife of the western Atlantic and adjacent coastline More nonfiction than fiction, it has no plot unless you count the tumultuous births, lives and deaths of the natural world itself as the plot It is, though, filled with characters Silverbar the sandpiper, Scomber the mackerel, Anguilla the eel, and what Carson gives us is an utterly realistic impression of both their lives what it s actually like to be a shore bird or fish and of the ecology of it all, how it all works, its interconnectedness afamiliar idea nowadays than it was back in the 1930s For me, one thing which came across particularly vividly was the small fry copepods, shelled protozoa, the miniscule larvae of jellyfish and crabs usually lumped together as plankton it s like peering down a microscope tube at a rich, bustling little world of jewel like entities, a world exquisite and deadly in equal measure Of course, this is a glimpse of the rivers and seas as they were back in the late 1930s, i.e somewhere along the scale between the original pre human superabundance and today s polluted and almost fishless wastes reading this, I found myself hoping that Carson can t see from beyond the grave what has been done to the oceans she loved And that is what comes across here most clearly of all how much she loved the sea and everything that lives in it it shows in every sentence, page after brilliant page One reason the prose is so good is that every line was read out loud, for its rhythm, as she went I don t really use audiobooks, but I can imagine this being a stunning listen It also changed my picture of the author from here on I ll think of Rachel Carson, only second as a scientist and environmental inspiration, first and foremost as a world class author. #READ E-PUB ⚠ Under the Sea-Wind Æ Rachel Carson Pioneering Environmentalist And Author Of Silent Spring Opens Our Eyes To The Wonders Of The Natural World In Her Groundbreaking Paean To The SeaCelebrating The Mystery And Beauty Of Birds And Sea Creatures In Their Natural Habitat, Under The Sea Wind Rachel Carson S First Book And Her Personal Favorite Is The Early Masterwork Of One Of America S Greatest Nature Writers Evoking The Special Mystery And Beauty Of The Shore And The Open Sea Its Limitless Vistas And Twilight Depths Carson S Astonishingly Intimate, Unforgettable Portrait Captures The Delicate Negotiations Of An Ingeniously Calibrated EcologyFor Than Seventy Years, Penguin Has Been The Leading Publisher Of Classic Literature In The English Speaking World With Than , Titles, Penguin Classics Represents A Global Bookshelf Of The Best Works Throughout History And Across Genres And Disciplines Readers Trust The Series To Provide Authoritative Texts Enhanced By Introductions And Notes By Distinguished Scholars And Contemporary Authors, As Well As Up To Date Translations By Award Winning Translators Free download available at FadedPage The special mystery and beauty of the sea, which Rachel Carson caught and translated so memorably in The Sea Around Us, is again brought before the reader as the backdrop for Miss Carson s portrait of the birds and fishes that inhabit the eastern rim of our continent In a series of descriptive narratives unfolding the life of the shore, the open sea, and the sea bottom, the author begins with the deep hush of a spring twilight along the North Carolina coast where the night sounds of the water are the only intrusion on the stillness I made the smooth reading of this book for Distributed Proofreaders Canada and it will be published by FadedPage. What can I say about Rachel Carson that hasn t already been said Every page she ever wrote is a page I want to swim in This book is an ocean unto itself, and in my opinion should be required reading in schools, offices, and fishing boats everywhere, if only to help all of us really come to terms with the utter interdependency of oceanic and all ecosystems.It feels so apt that I stumbled into this quote of Carson s right after finishing this book The winds, the sea, the moving tides are what they areIf there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry The edition I read features lovely pencil illustrations and a wonderful 34 page glossary at the end that greatly appeals to my oceanic nerd heart Five stars for relentless movement, stunning seas, and for so much we need to understand to help our oceans survive us. Before David Attenborough and nature television, there was Rachel Carson What s so phenomenal about this 1941 book was that it was her first, published when she was in her mid 30s It can be challenging to read what we are so accustomed to seeing visually However, Carson s narration is spectacular, taking the reader through ecosystems with the animals themselves as characters I would say that Caron s writing actually eclipses nature film it allows to push deeper beyond the exciting, shimmering tilt of a school of fish to contemplate the entirety of Nature s magical production, past, present and future.An illustrative passage Here in the red clay, in the darkness and stillness, lies all that remains of ancient races of sharks that lived, perhaps, before there were whales in the sea before the giant ferns flourished on the earth or ever the coal measures were laid down All of the living flesh of these sharks was returned to the sea millions of years before, to be used over and over again in the fashioning of other creatures, but here and there a tooth still lies in the red clay ooze of the deep sea, coated with a deposit of iron from a distant sun. A lyrical exploration of the wildlife of the eastern United States over the space of a year, mixing prose and science in a way reminiscent of the later books by Richard Fortey Rachel incorporates elements of children s books in her way of naming animals and following their individual lives, yet this is just one aspect weaving through a poetic yet scientifically rigorous description of these coastal waters and of the abyss looming off shore Taking the perspective of the animals themselves allows the reader to immerse themselves into the waters, to ride the winds to the arctic with the flocks of migrating birds and to dive deep into the black depths with the young eels The sense of connection with the wild is strong within these pages. Unbelievably beautiful Its another of those books which demand to be read out loud An extraordinary description of the life of rivers and seas A prose love poem, you might say, to mother nature If you love being inspired, then read this one. Having recently read Silent Spring, I wantedof the author s fantastic writing.Nature writing at its best in vivid, lyrical prose She writes about ocean and shore life so you feel you are there The reader follows birds, fish, crustaceans and even eel You follow an interlude in these creatures respective lives It is utterly amazing the extent to which Carson makes the reader feel part of their aquatic existence Violent storms, dense fog and lulling, lapping seas under blue skies Predators and prey, the cycle of life to death to food and new life Carson assigns names to the creatures Often she uses the scientific names of species as character names It is a great technique and coupled with her engaging writing you follow each one with rapt interest I thought this would be childish but it wasn t The vocabulary is too advanced and the scientific details too plentiful for the lines to feel childish Everybody, even expert naturalists, will learn something new I was continually drawn to searching the web to view the animals The original book is illustrated I listened to the audiobook narrated by C.M H bert It was very good It is slowly read, and it should be This allows the listener to marvel at the beauty of the prose Some of the lines are exciting I listened with trepidation as the mackerel Scomber was about to be netted No, that just couldn t happen Even the glossary at the end captivates My only reservation in recommending this book is that it fits best those who appreciated nature writing The island lay in shadows only a little deeper than those that were swiftly stealing across the sound from the east On its western shore the wet sand of the narrow beach caught the same reflection of palely gleaming sky that laid a bright path across the water from island beach to horizon Both water and sand were the color of steel overlaid with the sheen of silver, so that it was hard to say where water ended and land began That s just beautiful, right This is the opening paragraph in a 200 page work that continues in a similar tone a naturalist s objective view of a subject matter both readily familiar and wholly loved Carson created this work over a ten year span of studying coastal marine life from North Carolina up to the Arctics she anthropomorphizes the life span of a mackerel and an eel giving the character names, even to pinpoint the beauty and the violence of life The narrative feels reminiscent of everything Attenborough produced for the last 50 years.As I was finishing this book I was reflecting on how much of Carson s writing I found familiar and then it dawned on me just how much of the world does not live close to the coast how many people have never witnessed anything she describes first hand To them this book must feel like reading a piece of science fiction describing another world.Stinson Beach, California 7th book read of 500 Great Books by Women