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    Seven-Tenths: The Sea and Its Thresholds
    James Hamilton-Paterson
    Europa Editions ISBN: 978-1-933372-69-3
    Pub. date: May 05 2009
    418 pages
    Size: 5.25 x 8.25
    Price: $16.00


    Hamilton-Paterson writes about fishing, piracy, ecological crises, and is especially brilliant on the melancholy fascination of those border places where the sea and land meet and human experience seems transient.

    Taking humanity’s complex relationship with the sea as its starting point, Seven-Tenths is an enthralling 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 literature. The prose is never less than stunning, even as it describes 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 compelling reminder of the power, fragility and sublime beauty of the sea.


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