- Gebundene Ausgabe: 400 Seiten
- Verlag: Knopf; Auflage: New. (17. Oktober 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0375403744
- ISBN-13: 978-0375403743
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,6 x 3,5 x 24,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: Schreiben Sie die erste Bewertung
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.115.552 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Encyclopedia of the Sea (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 17. Oktober 2000
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The world's oceans are vast, too vast for their components to be distilled comfortably into the pages of a single book. That said, Richard Ellis, a noted student of all matters pelagic, does an extraordinary job of gathering key points of the oceans' natural and human history in this fact-filled, desk-sized encyclopedia. Starting with abalone ("a large marine gastropod of the genus Haliotis, with a dishlike shell punctuated by a series of holes on the outer edge") and ending with zooxanthellae (a kind of pigmented protozoan that conducts photosynthesis), Ellis offers sparkling discussions on topics ranging from the red-footed booby (whose name, we learn, derives from the Spanish bobo and refers unflatteringly to the bird's apparent stupidity in not fleeing humans) to Captain William Kidd ("one of history's most notorious pirates," whose reputed buried treasures are still the objects of treasure hunters' dreams) and from the Hanseatic League (a seagoing, commercial federation of north German towns that once ruled the Baltic) to scrimshaw ("the carving done by American whalemen on whale bones and teeth or, less frequently, on the tusks of walruses").
Whether beachgoer or deep-sea explorer, if you have any interest at all in the ocean, you'll find this, like Ellis's many other books on sea life and lore, to be a useful and entertaining companion. --Gregory McNamee
"An indispensable volume for anyone remotely interested in the 70 percent of our planet covered by water."Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Naomi, a medium at the time of Peter's death, grew up as the daughter of a medium in New Orleans. There, ensconced in a dumbwaiter in her grandfather's house, Naomi would rap on the walls of her mother's séance room, doing her bit for the family business, or she would pretend to be the disembodied voice of some client's dead child. Later, mother and daughter moved north to a spiritualist colony in New York state, a town whose eccentric residents are, for the most part, psychics of one sort or another.
After Life is, in large part, a book about Naomi's relationship with her mother, both of them flawed, believable characters who are bound to one another by ineffably strong ties. It is also about how events, large and small--unkindnesses, deaths, thoughtlessness--can shatter one's happiness, and how survivors go on living nevertheless.
Reviewed by Debra Hamel, author of Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece
When I read for pleasure, I read for language over plot. I think the preferences of most readers break down along these lines, and one isn't better than the other. If you read for the perfectly-chosen word and enjoy ambivalence, chances are that you will also love this book. If you enjoy a lot of definite, plot-advancing events in your books, odds are that you'll be disappointed. Know who you are as a reader, and choose wisely.
I ordered this book after I read a review of it in the local paper that included the first line of the book, "First I had to get his body into the boat." I thought, "That's it- I've gotta get this book." I'm not a big mystery reader kinda person, but this was obviously a psychological mystery- Whose body? Why a boat? Did YOU kill him? How'd he die? You slowly learn all the answers to those questions, with the "WHY did he die?" question being answered last. I can't really recall ever reading a book with this approach and it very much intrigued me.
The title "After Life" is really great- Naomi can truly (or maybe truly- she doesn't ever seem to be totally confident) see the spirits of those who have passed on, and even the spirit belonging to the body headed to the boat eventually comes to her. She is dealing with Life After death and not just any death- the death of her boyfriend, a death that we suspect she is responsible for, and she is coping with the responsibility and fear that is associated with the potential of his being discovered (and then, maybe, HER being discovered for his death) and it is a very interesting struggle.
Ellis' ways of describing the world around you is also unique- The mother of the main character Naomi says, "Two people never love each other at the same time. One loves, and the other is in love with being loved. The fun is in guessing which one's you." Or another example- Naomi's first experience with snow, described as follows: "The air smelled different, like water in a tin bucket, and crows flapped in circles over our heads. When I spoke, my voice fell straight out of my mouth, completely swallowed up by snow."
The community of spiritualists is unique, but to me they just seemed like any small town with their own culture and rhythms- only instead of being poultry farmers (like my hometown), they happen to speak to the dead. This is not a criticism- I liked the fact that these people were so real and not romanticized and so matter-of-fact.
The reason for the death at first was (to me) a little disappointing- I thought, "that's IT? " However, the more I think about it, the more I get WHY that's what HAD to happen, and frankly, it just makes Naomi more and more realistic and understandable, and the more of a message there is in the book- again, particularly with regard to the title. You keep seeing how something like that COULD happen.
This is a good book, but it is not a beach book- you will get into it and really think about what you are reading(although I guess you could fly through it, but I think you'd maybe miss the thoughts that it provokes). If you want to read a book to vege out to and be brainless, this ain't it. I definitely recommend this book for it's unique approach to language and to a mystery plot.