Seven Tenths

Seven Tenths

by James Hamilton-Paterson
     
 

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James Hamilton-Paterson's classic exploration of the sea, Seven Tenths is a beautifully written blend of literature and science that includes the acclaimed essay "Sea Burial." Hamilton-Paterson writes about fishing, piracy, ecological crises, and is especially brilliant on the melancholy fascination of those border places and moments when the sea and land

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James Hamilton-Paterson's classic exploration of the sea, Seven Tenths is a beautifully written blend of literature and science that includes the acclaimed essay "Sea Burial." Hamilton-Paterson writes about fishing, piracy, ecological crises, and is especially brilliant on the melancholy fascination of those border places and moments when the sea and land meet and the human experience seems transient.

Taking humanity's complex relationship with the sea as its starting point, Seven Tenths is an enticing meditation on the sea as the physical birthplace of the human race and the emotional source of our dreams. Shifting effortlessly between the sciences and the humanities-between cartography and poetry, between ecology and philosophy-Hamilton-Paterson has created one of the most engrossing works on the sea in recent memory. The prose is never less than stunning, even as it is employed to describe exactly what happens to a human body during a burial at sea, as it sinks slowly through miles of water.

At a time of growing concern about our degradation of the oceans, this extraordinary book is an immensely relevant and powerful reminder of the power, fragility and sublime beauty of the sea.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The kind of book that, were he alive now, Shelley might have written."
-Charles Sprawson

"Hamilton-Paterson's hallucinogenic narrative brings to mind both Coleridge and Borges."
- Cristopher Hirst

"Personal, quirky, scientific, and poetical by turns-The Songlines of the sea."
-Daily Telegraph (UK)

"[Hamilton-Paterson] logs the destruction of the last wilderness and its place in the imagination with the intense vision of an angry Thoreau."
-Observer (UK)

"Should be required reading for the decision makers of every maritime nation."
- The New York Times Book Review

"Under the sparkle and often superb imagery lie austere Conradian depths."
- Sunday Telegraph (UK)

"Not since Rachel Carson have I heard such eloquence, such passion for the sea and everything it means to us."
-The New York Review of Books

Daily Telegraph (UK)

Personal, quirky, scientific, and poetical by turns—The Songlines of the sea.

Observer (UK)

[Hamilton-Paterson] logs the destruction of the last wilderness and its place in the imagination with the intense vision of an angry Thoreau.

The New York Times Book Review

Should be required reading for the decision makers of every maritime nation.

Sunday Telegraph (UK)

Under the sparkle and often superb imagery lie austere Conradian depths.

The New York Review of Books

Not since Rachel Carson have I heard such eloquence, such passion for the sea and everything it means to us.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933372693
Publisher:
Europa
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
418
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Cristopher Hirst

Hamilton-Paterson's hallucinogenic narrative brings to mind both Coleridge and Borges.

Charles Sprawson

The kind of book that, were he alive now, Shelley might have written.

Meet the Author

James Hamilton-Paterson is the author of several novels, including Loving Monsters,Gerontius(winner of the Whitbread Best First Novel Award) and Cooking with Fernet Branca(Europa Editions 2005), nominated for the Booker Prize in 2007. He is the author of two books of poetry and is a regular contributor to Granta.

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