BENEATH THE SURFACE STORIES OF THE UNDERWATER WORLD - Beneath the Surface is an anthology of fictional stories about Scuba divers, their Scuba dives and the people with whom they dove. The stories are based upon the author's experiences and observations of divers during his more than 600 Scuba dives described in his book, "An Old Timer's Scuba Tales, published by Amazon.com in 2011.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)|
About the Author
Stanley Yokell is Professional Engineer who lives in Boulder, Colorado. Like many other Coloradans he has had a full life of outdoor activities. His published books are A Working Guide to Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers, Tubular Heat Exchanger Inspection, Maintenance and Repair, written with Carl F. Andreone, The Ship, a book about a Landing Ship Tank that served in the Pacific during World War II, The Ride, written under his pen name S. Israel, a book describing a solo coast to coast bicycle that the author took to celebrate his 59th birthday, Dog Stories, a book about dogs who loved him, House of Mirrors an erotic novella and Love, Sex and Erotic, an anthology, both written under his pen name
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Beneath the Surface: Stories of Scuba Diving based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This book full of fictional diving incidents kicks off with two accomplished scuba diving friends, Joe and Thura, in the popular scuba resort in Cuba, where they are intrigued by their encounter with some playful mermaids – so why is their guide so concerned about the sighting? In this globe-trotting collection of short stories we follow a group of young people as they try out scuba diving spots in just about every continent, and the friendships and romances they develop on the way. Yokell’s style reminds me of a simplified Michel Tournier with his literary descriptions of people’s lives and characters, leading to a simple encounter beneath the surface. This is certainly the case with the second tale of the book; a racist husband, overbearing and inadequate, tries to intimidate his wife with an abusive marriage until a life-changing dive sets her free. There are issues: The Spanish language used for color in the first story is plain wrong (I’m more or less fluent) – “este ayer” translates as “this yesterday” – I think it should be “está allí” – “it’s over there”, “mucho gracias” instead of “muchas gracias” and “cervasa” instead of ” cervesa”, all from characters that are supposed to be fluent or native in Spanish. I would have expected the author to have this proof read before publication – this breaks the illusion of reality in the story. Also I do find some of the author’s sentiments a little old-fashioned in the telling – given he’s writing about women and their inner worlds and sexuality, it would be prudent to have maybe lost some of the male perspective in the writing of these characters’ secret thoughts – that is, his female characters tend to come across as women written by a man with an opinion of how a woman thinks rather than genuinely as individual voices. I’m also not keen on the idea that a lesbian would “try on a man for size” but still, maybe it’s what a male scuba diving audience would enjoy. My same bugbear sits with the male characters, who tend to be over-achievers – good-looking, fit and sporty, multilingual and super-academic as well as perfect divers – while his females tend to have quite a lot of weak spots, despite their obvious education and skill. However, I let the author’s voice in, instead of fighting it, and he became a kind of narrator instead of an invisible author in the story, and this softened the macho effect somewhat and allowed me to enjoy the book more. There are some great anecdotes, in particular about a mutiny on board a dive ship, and also some real detail in the descriptions of Israel and Jericho – and this is where the author shines. He hits the subject he is very knowledgeable on, and rolls with it. Often the techniques of diving are described in comprehensive terms for a layman such as myself to enjoy also. I may have liked more detail on the actual sea and what they saw on the dive, and perhaps a bit more about the creatures they see – I’d like to know something of the anatomy or look of the creatures he mentions. The stories are short and fast, so easy to read on holiday or when traveling, and I would recommend this book as a treasured addition to the vacationer’s suitcase, especially for those planning on a dabble with going beneath the surface.
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Beneath the Surface: Stories of Scuba Diving by Stanley Yokell is a collection of short stories about topics related to scuba diving and scuba divers. Many of the author's observations have been woven into these stories, making the experiences authentic. Apart from being a collection of short stories, the book introduces you to a world of scuba divers and underwater experiences. You get a lot of information about scuba diving and the techniques related to it. The way the theme has been incorporated into the stories makes it easily understandable to readers and it is also more interesting than simply reading a book on scuba diving. The backdrop of each story is very nice and some of them are set in exotic locales like the Bahamas. The book obviously has a sea theme since it is about scuba diving. The ocean and the diving details are very informative. The book also exposes us to the mysteries and secrets lurking underwater. One of the chapters takes you to Egypt and the Red Sea. The author has tried to cover many seas and oceans in his stories. There are also stories written on football, tennis, and other sports so it was nice to read on something that is not commonly written about. This book should be recommended reading for all scuba divers and swimmers and also to those who are fascinated by the ocean. They might be able to relate to many of the experiences in these stories.