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Entertaining and informative

  • Apr 13, 2010
David Fisichella's life took an interesting new direction when he met and fell in love with Amy, a physical oceanographer who also happened to be losing her sight. It is the story of their meeting and subsequent adventures as he joins her on a research voyage off the coast of Somalia that makes up this entertaining and educational book.

It is told in a friendly narrrative tone, and has moments where the story really shines, such as the time their dog is sprayed by a skunk, and when they are afloat the time they are preparing for potential pirate attacks, and all female staff, and David (much to his embarassment) are told that they would stay below decks. Towards the end of the book, his tale of the crew trying to cope with the events of September 11 whilst being Americans in the Middle East also offers an interesting insight into what it means to be away from all you hold dear at times of unbelievable horror.

However I found the tale a little uneven. Is it a romance, an adventure tale or a scientific narrative? Or is it a loving study of his wife who perserveres with the profession she loves, while losing her sight - how many of us would have that kind of guts? Possibly this book is all of these things, but I felt at times that the author had difficulties working this out for himself, and the narrative flow suffered a little for.

It is certainly entertaining, thus my three stars, and I did learn something of oceanography along the way. But as I am a chronic sufferer of sea-sickness, I don't think I'll be following in the Fisichella's footsteps any time soon!

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An engineer whose life is in shambles meets a blind oceanographer who spends her life at sea. In this memoir of their courtship, David Fisichella writes of science, love, adventure, and danger on the ocean. He survives heavy weather, an equator crossing, and a pirate attack off the coast of Somalia. He learns how scientists study ocean physics and why their research is so important, how people live for months on a crowded boat, and what it means to be working for, and dating, the chief scientist. Told with humor, gritty details, and a refreshing sense of wonder about our oceans.

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ISBN-10: 1935248103
ISBN-13: 978-1935248101
Author: David Fisichella
Publisher: Leapfrog Press

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