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Posted October 21, 2002
Be An Albatross
I found Carl Safina's latest work superb. The passages where the reader explores the sea with the eyes and nose of the albatross are the high points for this reader.You're there, out at sea, hunting with that bird. Only a creative book written by a scientist who writes like a dream could take a person into the body and experience of such a magnificent creature.
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Posted April 28, 2002
error correction etc. from author
The correct subtitle on the printed books is: 'Visions of Hope and Survival.' (You have a draft subtitle listed, and the jacket shown is an earlier mock-up with still another subtitle. If you contact me I can e-mail you the correct jacket cover graphic.) ----//---- Booklist's review reads: *STARRED REVIEW* The Wandering Albatross, a magnificent seabird built for gliding and endurance, travels millions of miles over the course of its long life as it wings from the tiny tropical islands on which it breeds to the subarctic waters in which it feeds and back again. Safina, an insightful, reform-minded, and splendidly literary scientist in the manner of Rachel Carson, employs one particular albatross, dubbed Amelia and outfitted with a transmitter for satellite tracking, as his guide to the ocean world in this riveting marine chronicle. As he did in SONG FOR THE BLUE OCEAN (1997), Safina, a MacArthur 'genius' and Lannan Literary Award winner, explicates and celebrates the wonders of the sea, and details and decries our species' destructive impact on it. 'Everything people are doing to the ocean, albatrosses feel,' Safina writes, describing such wrethced sights as adult seabirds being pulled to their death by fishing nets and hooks, or regurgitating toothbrushes and cigarette lighters along with food for hungry chicks. But Safina contrasts a sobering overview of past and present abominations with lively accounts of the corrective endeavors of enlightened marine biologists to support his optimistic view of an ecologically sound future. Communication is key to positive change, and Safina's superlative report is both catalyst and inspiration. -Donna Seaman ---- // ---- Additional endorsements include: 'In Eye of the Albatross Carl Safina carries us on a remarkable and inspirational journey across the oceans. Through the eyes of Amelia the wandering albatross we experience her ocean realm in all its beauty and complexity, and appreciate how much we have at risk.' --Kathryn S. Fuller, President, World Wildlife Fund ----//---- 'In this beautifully written work, Safina blends history and science to offer, in a seamlessly telescoped style, first an ecosystem, then a species, and finally one bird, the last as compellingly drawn as the protagonist of a novel. The general reader cannot fail to be pulled deeply into natural history by reading it.' -- Edward O. Wilson, Harvard UniversityWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.