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Seven Tenths

6 Ratings: 4.0
Europa Edition by James Hamilton-Paterson
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A Beautiful Non-Fiction Collection of Sea Stories

  • May 25, 2010

Most of us have been captivated by the ocean at least once in our life; this novel surveys the various reasons of our fascination with the sea. The basic reasons being: the vast emptiness that is actually teaming with wildlife; the uncertainty of what lies beneath; the fact it was the basic medium of transport for hundreds of years; amongst others.  In each section he surveys these reasons, providing anecdotes and data.

One of Hamilton-Paterson’s big points of contention is commercial fishing and the seas overall health.  Overfishing and the use of commercial nets are not satisfactory means of obtaining seafood, we all know this, but we do not know the real world affects on the populations of animals in the Northern Pacific where this occurs the most.

Another fascinating point is the seas often correlation with death.  We can see this within the literary world, burial in seas and the fact many cultures actually have old age rituals involving the sea.  The sea has often been associated with death due to suppositions of sea monsters, death by disease from long journeys, and the fact that weather was not so easy to track back then.  Looking towards the future the affects of Global Warming will most be seen, and is being seen in the sea.  Further keeping this general view-the sea can the bearer or death just as much as it can bring solace before.

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