- Age Range: 18 and up
- Grade Level: 09 - 12
- Lexile Measure: 1200L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 edition (July 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140275010
- ISBN-13: 978-0140275018
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 337 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World 1st Edition
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“A charming fish tale and a pretty gift for your favorite seafood cook or fishing monomaniac. But in the last analysis, it’s a bitter ecological fable for our time.” –Los Angeles Times
“Every once in a while a writer of particular skill takes a fresh, seemingly improbable idea and turns out a book of pure delight. Such is the case of Mark Kurlansky and the codfish.” –David McCullough, author of 1776, John Adams, and The Wright Brothers
“One of the 25 Best Books of the Year.” –The New York Public Library
"A subject as mighty and tragic as this deserves an excellent biographer, and in Mark Kurlansky, cod has found one. Beautifully written and elegantly illustrated . . . Kurlansky's marvelous fish opus stands as a reminder of what good non-fiction used to be: eloquent, learned, and full of earthy narratives that delight and appall." -The Globe and Mail
"In the end the book stands as a kind of elegy, a loving eulogy not only to a fish, but to the people whose lives have been shaped by the habits of the fish, and whose way of life is now at an end." -Newsday
"What a prodigious creature is the cod. Kurlansky's approach is intriguing - and deceptively whimsical. This little book is a work of no small consequence." -Business Week
"In the story of the cod, Mark Kurlansky has found the tragic fable of our age - abundance turned to scarcity through determined shortsightedness. This classic history will stand as an epitaph and a warning." -Bill McKibben
About the Author
Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including The Food of a Younger Land, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World; Salt: A World History; 1968: The Year That Rocked the World; and The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell. He lives in New York City.
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And furthermore, I suggest you do the same - I now know more about fishing than I ever expected to, but I am truly interested in the whole story of the fish this volume celebrates! I've learned more history and refreshed my grasp of geographywithin the pages of this little book than I have in years! I feel I could probably hold a conversation with an old salt fisherman on the merits of the quality of cod caught off of the Grand Banks! I really enjoyed this book and I am now reading Kurlansky's book "Dancing in the Streets" and next in line is his book about the Basque people! Oh and I heartily reccomend KUrlansky's book "Salt" it is astounding!
However, this book is not just a history of cod. It has an agenda, admittedly a good one, to protect the cod of the northern Atlantic. I'm all for that, but I didn't read this book to be convinced of that. The entire last chapter is essentially an emotional sob story of former cod fisherman, unable to do the work of their forefathers. Kudos to Kurlansky for that, but it felt like it belonged in a newspaper op-ed page, not a historical work.
Aside from that, there are also a couple chapters that were a bit tough to get through, which may not be Kurlansky's fault, but perhaps of the subject itself. It's a small book and only took a couple days to get through, but unless this is a topic that immediately strikes your fancy, you might not finish it. But for any chef or history buff, I would still recommend this book, as it offers some pretty critical insight into a fish that really did change the world.
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