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The Beach
     

The Beach

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by Lena Lencek, Gideon Bosker
 

ISBN-10: 0140278028

ISBN-13: 9780140278026

Pub. Date: 06/01/1999

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)

An absorbing, original account of the beach--its history, customs, spectacles, and how it became the undisputed Nirvana for pleasure seekers.

Turquoise water, pillowy sand, and a warm, salty breeze--today the beach is regarded as the best possible place to restore body and soul. However, this has not always been the case. In other centuries the beach was

Overview

An absorbing, original account of the beach--its history, customs, spectacles, and how it became the undisputed Nirvana for pleasure seekers.

Turquoise water, pillowy sand, and a warm, salty breeze--today the beach is regarded as the best possible place to restore body and soul. However, this has not always been the case. In other centuries the beach was considered a remote, terrifying wasteland on the margins of civilization. In their entertaining, elegant, and illuminating account, Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker trace the four-billion-year evolution of the place where land, water, and humans meet.

Embedded in the narrative are the histories of sexuality, health, fashion, sport, the rise of the great resorts--St. Tropez, Catalina, Newport, Miami Beach--and the beach tales of Columbus, D-Day troops, and castaways Cook, Melville, and Swinburne. Including a marvelous selection of images evoking the beach's hypnotic appeal--Impressionist paintings, archival photographs, advertising art, and postcards--and an Appendix of the world's most beautiful, unspoiled beaches, The Beach will fascinate any reader from Coney Island to Bora Bora.

"Engagingly eccentric [and] briskly good-humored ... [an] entertaining, handsomely illustrated book." --The New York Times Book Review (front page)

"The perfect beach book, any time of the year." --Chicago Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140278026
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Foreword xiii
Introduction xix
No Man and the Sea
1(24)
The Beach of Antiquity
25(20)
Poised for the Plunge
45(25)
Revolution on the Beach
70(25)
Spirituality and Romance Come to the Beach
95(18)
The Discreet Charms of the Bourgeois Beach
113(26)
The Pleasure Beach
139(33)
Swimmingly at the Beach
172(24)
Sun on the Beach
196(27)
Engineering Paradise
223(23)
Castaways
246(21)
Paradise Found (and Lost)
267(22)
Paradises by the Sea 289(4)
Bibliography 293(12)
Index 305

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