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"With an elegant mix of storytelling, science, and humor, Francoise delights us with his infectious love of life beneath the waves. These aquatic reveries pry open the oceans’ mysteries to reveal pearls within."--Jonathan Balcombe, New York Times bestselling author of Super Fly and What a Fish Knows
"Delightfully told in stunningly beautiful language, Eloquence of the Sardine is a rare book combining deep scientific insight and first-hand experience with the sheer poetry of the sea. Take the plunge, immerse yourself, feel the beauty, and be amazed!"--Carl Safina, New York Times bestselling author of Beyond Words and Becoming Wild
"We live on a planet that is mostly covered in oceans, but we hardly know the stories contained in them. In the tradition of Rachel Carson, Bill Francois reminds us that these stories come from many voices -- lonely whales, educated octopuses, and insatiable tuna -- if we're willing to listen. With lyricism and honesty, Francois speaks for these voices, whether they live far out on the blue water or show up on our dinner plates. The stories in this book will convince you that these voices are all worth knowing, saving, and celebrating."--Nick Pyenson, author of Spying on Whales
"In Eloquence of the Sardine, Bill François guides us on a fascinating journey to reveal dimensions beneath the seas rarely seen by most of us. With a talent as a storyteller and the insights of a scientist, he introduces us to a gallery of undersea inhabitants and considers lessons we can learn from them on the future of our oceans. Weaving personal stories with physics theory, history, and parables, Eloquence of the Sardine is an enchanting and insightful exploration of life in the underwater world of our rivers, seas, and oceans."--Vint Virga, author of The Soul of All Living Creatures
"Full of engrossing stories, gentle humor, and wit, Bill Francois's eye-opening exploration of the underwater world takes the reader on a fascinating scientific and philosophical journey into the secret lives of fishes. Eloquence of the Sardine is exactly that: eloquent, as well as revelatory and highly readable."--Marc Bekoff, co-author of A Dog's World: Imagining the Lives of Dogs in a World Without Humans
"An lluminating debut collection...François’s tone is conversational, and his passion and excitement are contagious...a fun deep dive into marine life."--Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Antony Shugaar is a writer and translator. Aside from Giorgio Faletti’s A Pimp’s Notes, his recent translations include books by Simonetta Agnello Hornby, Silvia Avallone, Nanni Balestrini (with an NEA translation fellowship), Fabio Bartolomei, Massimo Carlotto, Giancarlo De Cataldo, Diego De Silva, Marco Mancassola, Gianni Rodari, and Paolo Sorrentino. He is the author of Coast to Coast and I Lie for a Living and the coauthor, with the late Gianni Guadalupi, of Discovering America and Latitude Zero. He has published with the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and online with the New York Times, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about translation for the University of Virginia Press. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B08FZ8W2HQ
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (August 17, 2021)
- Publication date : August 17, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 16375 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 186 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250272432
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #122,058 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Extraordinary Encounters Beneath the Sea
by Bill François
St. Martin's Press
I want to thank the publisher and NetGalley for letting me read this phenomenal book! The author has a way of not just writing about sea life but making me feel one with the sea and its life as I read his words. It's such a good feeling that I had to read this book twice!
This book is a feel good book but also very informative along the way. As he takes the reader on his many undersea adventures, we learn about his love of the animals and that comes across so strongly that it is infused into his writing and transferred to the reader. As he goes, he embarks some interesting and astonishing facts about each animal. He does it in such a way that suddenly this new friend we were introduced to is a superstar! They are even more fascinating than before. Somehow, we seems even closer to the animal like we know a family secret.
For each animal, even the giant mussel, or an eel, so much attention and care is given to these creatures that I couldn't help but want to be there myself! Of course, the lover of the smallest of them has to give us the hard facts about what mankind is doing to the sea life. To these splendid new friends. To others like them we haven't met.
I recommend this book for anyone who needs a feel good book, wants to feel close to nature for a while, or as a gift for the animal or sea lover.
Even in translation, this book is eloquent and beautiful. I took my time to savor reading it, immersing myself in its underwater stories.
Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book. The review is my honest opinion.