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The Log from the Sea of Cortez

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

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    Steinbeck turns his attention to the sea as he documents a scien

    Steinbeck turns his attention to the sea as he documents a scientific collecting expedition along the coast of Baja California in 1941. This book explores our fascination with the sea and its creatures, and also formulates ideas on man’s impact on the marine environment that resonate in timeless wisdom. If you love adventure, littoral creatures, boats and philosophical exploration, then you will want this book in your collection. One of my favorites from way back.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2008

    Science plus Metaphysics equals Friendship

    One of the greatest books I've ever read. I didn't expect, from the description on the back, to open the book randomly to any page and literally be wrapped in it until my legs ached from standing up at the bookstore. This is an example of what makes a brilliant writer: the subject could have been so dry and yet Steinbeck makes it a joy to read about the life between the ocean and the land -- and between himself and his friend Ricketts. Most importantly, it reveals just how closely linked art and knowledge (science) really are when great minds are willing to come together the way they did here. I really think this is was a miraculous event in the history of writing, and especially in the context of our 'science' emergency today (both in terms of education and in terms of the state of our natural resources), this book should be mandatory reading for all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2004

    A Different Side of Steinbeck (one you'll like)

    I loved this book. It shows Steinbeck's outstanding sense of humor. Furthermore, it shows Steinbeck's strong ecological principles. It was entertaining and fun to read. I have read other Steinbeck books and this is a little lighter in tone. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2001

    Log from Sea of Cortez Captivates

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. As far as Steinbeck's writings go, this is his greatest work. As the title implies, this is a ships log created in the 40's during an expedition made by John Steinbeck, Ed Ricketts and others to collect biological samples from the inter-tidal zones. The result was a textbook written by Ricketts and Hudspeth, Between Pacific Tides, which is still used for students of Marine Biology 50+ years later. The style of this log is Steinbeck's, warm and full of humor. It also sheds light on many of the characters from Steinbeck's 'Monterey' novels. A must read for Marine Biologists as well as fans of John Steinbeck!

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