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Under the Sea-Wind (Penguin Classics) por…
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Under the Sea-Wind (Penguin Classics) (original 1941; edição 2007)

por Rachel Carson (Autor), Linda Lear (Introdução)

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New York Times Bestseller: Silent Spring author Rachel Carson's early masterwork brings to life the elegiac, subtle beauty of birds and the sea, blending her natural storytelling ability with clear-eyed science.   In her first book, preeminent nature writer Rachel Carson tells the story of the sea creatures and birds that dwell in and around the waters along North America's eastern coast--and the delicately balanced ecosystem that sustains them. Following the life cycles of a pair of sanderlings, a mackerel, and an eel, Carson gracefully weaves scientific observation with imaginative prose to educate and inspire, creating one of the finest wildlife narratives in American literature.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Rachel Carson including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.… (mais)
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Título:Under the Sea-Wind (Penguin Classics)
Autores:Rachel Carson (Autor)
Outros autores:Linda Lear (Introdução)
Informação:Penguin Classics (2007), Edition: New, 208 pages
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Under the Sea-Wind por Rachel Carson (1941)

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Dieses ansprechende Buch von Rachel Carson ist außergewöhnlich, da es sich um eine Erzählung mit naturwissenschaftlichem Hintergrund handelt. Rachel Carson hat ihr umfangreiches Wissen über das Meer und seine Bewohner in einen erzählerischen Rahmen gestellt, was der Lektüre ihren besonderen Reiz gibt: Eine Geschichte liest man gemeinhin lieber als eine wissenschaftliche Abhandlung. Offensichtlich war genau dies die Absicht Rachel Carsons: Ein allgemein verständliches und gut lesbares Buch zu schreiben, das sowohl der Unterhaltung als auch der Wissensvermittlung dient. Dies ist ihr hervorragend gelungen. Der Leser geht mit dem Sanderling „Silverbar“, einem Seevogel, mit der Makrele „Scomber“ und mit dem Aal „Anguilla“ auf die Reise und erlebt deren Schicksale hautnah mit. Dabei fällt neben Rachel Carsons Sachkunde ihr außerordentliches Einfühlungsvermögen für die tierischen Protagonisten auf. Die Sensibilität, mit der sie die marinen Lebewesen beschreibt, ist anrührend und alles andere als selbstverständlich in einer Welt, in der Tiere als primitive Lebensformen angesehen werden und vorrangig der menschlichen Ernährung zu dienen haben.
Von Rachel Carson, der Autorin des berühmten Buches „Der stumme Frühling“, wollte ich unbedingt mehr lesen. Da ich keine deutsche Ausgabe finden konnte, musste ich „Under the Sea-Wind“ in Englisch lesen. Dadurch sind mir höchstwahrscheinlich einige Feinheiten des Textes entgangen. Die außergewöhnliche Schönheit und Poesie von Rachel Carsons Buch ist jedoch auch mir, der Englisch-nicht-Muttersprachlerin, aufgefallen.
Rachel Carson hat „Under the Sea-Wind“ im Jahr 1941 veröffentlicht. Schon damals zeichneten sich Überfischung und andere folgenreiche Eingriffe des Menschen in die marine Umwelt deutlich ab. Man will sich gar nicht ausmalen, was die Autorin zur Verschmutzung der Meere in der heutigen Zeit sagen würde. Vermutlich wäre sie erschüttert. Wie gut, dass sie nicht mehr miterleben muss, was wir aus ihrer so innig geliebten Meereswelt gemacht haben. ( )
  buchstabendompteurin | Jul 23, 2017 |
In a narrative style, this book details the life cycle of several animals that live in or near the ocean. First a shorebird called the skimmer. The second section is about the life of a mackerel fish, from egg to spawning adult. Last of all is the life of an eel- from its origins in the ocean, travels upstream to a creek, development and growth into an adult eel, and then the journey back to the sea decades later. I think I liked this narrative, and that of the fish, the best. It describes the movements and habits of other creatures that share the environment- there are so many other creatures in this book: starfish and octopus and tuna and dolphins and lobsters and barnacles and sand fleas and on and on. The movement of water, the pressure of tides, changes in salinity or light or temperature and how the fish and other animals respond to that, how they feel it. This book really does not feel dated. It is impressive how clearly she describes the interwoven lives and activities of so many different animals in the ocean. It encompasses so much

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  jeane | Oct 1, 2016 |
Suberb! Accurate and poetic - one of my favorites ( )
  sterlingelanier | Feb 18, 2015 |
Rachel Carson writing before Silent Spring. No intimation yet of environmental disaster. The words “sea wind” are Carson’s shorthand for the encapsulation of all life within a single system. The sea is vast, as is aquatic life. Carson’s prose is lyrical yet precise (as Peter Matthiessen comments, setting the standard for all nature writers to follow). Two words come particularly to mind: meal and migration. From diatom, copepod and algae to whale, shore bird and eel, life is moving and eating. Humans, living along the perimeter of such abundance, haul in their nets, sometimes full and sometimes empty (the fish escape). In the larger scheme of things here, humans function as just one more set of mouths, one more life form eating other life forms. They aren’t yet the ones who poison the air & water and deplete the fisheries, or, at least, they aren't yet acknowledged as such despoilers. ( )
  Paulagraph | May 25, 2014 |
Rachel Carson is one of my heroes. Her book Silent Spring shook up the global environmental movement, created enough of a stir to get DDT banned in the U.S., and created the momentum to create the Environmental Protection Agency. For her contributions she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Carter. One of my early childhood memories comes from around the late 1960’s when I lived in Key West Florida. My friends and I thought it was fun to ride behind the mosquito-sprayer trunk, disappearing in and out of the “fog”. It still makes me nervous to think that was probably a cloud of DDT I was breathing.

Indirectly, she also was involved in my love for fine press books, as I subscribed to Easton Press’ Books that Changed the World series mainly to get their edition of her book. That was fine press to me 20 years ago. My tastes have evolved along with my knowledge of publishing, bookmaking, and the workings of fine presses. Easton Press books now take a backseat to books from presses like the Nawakum Press. I was so excited to discover that the Press had given Carson’s essay Undersea the fine press treatment.

One of the reasons this blog even exists is that I felt there was a paucity of resources to learn about some of the fabulous books put out by small presses. If you’re lucky enough to attend an event like CODEX or the Oxford Fine Press Fair, you might get to hold one of these beauties in your hand and see if it speaks to you. But short of that, most of the press websites don’t give me enough information on the books, especially photographically. Sellers of used books are usually even worse, providing just enough images to convince you that the book is in the stated conditions rather than giving you a feel for the book you are buying. In this respect, Nawakum’s website is one of the best of the small press websites. The prospectus is on-line and there are plenty of pictures of their books to view. In the case of Undersea, there are 13 pictures showing both states of the book. This is really helpful to prospective buyers and subscribers. It also makes my review easier as I don’t feel the need to take as many pictures of the book for this blog. Make sure you check out all the images at the Press’ website here.

My copy of Undersea is from the slipcased state. It is a beautiful book that is a joy to read. The handmade paper cover is delightful and in a blue and black that seems entirely appropriate to the subject matter, evoking the colors of the sea. I love the use of the Burges Script typeface for capitals at the beginnings of each section and the fact that the capital and first part of the line is continued in blue ink, creating a lovely contrast with the black ink used for the main text. The bite and crispness of the letterpress printing is perfect. Dugald Stermer’s illustrations are reproduced in stunning color. I especially love the way the illustrations work with the overall page design for the Title Page and for the first page of Carson’s essay. (Again, check their website for a great picture of both of these). Finally, the printing of the main essay in a larger type than the Introduction and Afterword was a nice touch that emphasizes Carson’s writing. It is easy to see that much thought and work went into the design of this book between David Pascoe and the others that help create this wonderful book.

The book begins with an informative introduction by Linda Lear. I learned that Carson’s early writings were on the natural history of my beloved Chesapeake Bay for The Baltimore Sun. I might have to search those writings out someday, if they still exist in an archive somewhere. I didn’t know or had forgotten her ties to my Maryland heartland. Lear highlights Carson’s “ability to reach millions of people with her eloquence and her calm, reflective passion for the relationship of all life to life [that] has left an indelible imprint on the world’s environmental consciousness.” In the afterword, Julia Whitty notes that Carson passed on too early to reap the benefit and take joy in the discoveries that have been made over the 40 years since her death. She also writes that Carson would be just as concerned about the state of the oceans today as she was by the degradation of our land by the massive use of pesticides in the ‘60s.

Despite the lack of our newfound knowledge of the sea, Carson’s eloquence in describing the sea is profound. “Who has known the ocean?”, she asks. “To sense this world of waters known to creatures of the sea we must shed our human perceptions of length and breadth and time and place, and enter vicariously into a universe of all-pervading water.” She takes us on a journey from the tidal pools and the surface of the oceans, down through the well-lit shallows, to the deepest and darkest abysmal depths.

What makes this essay and Rachel Carson’s writing so beautiful? I think she sums it up in the statement at the beginning of the book:

“If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.”

AVAILABILITY: The Deluxe edition of 20 copies is out of print. The Slipcased edition of 80 copies is available through the Nawakum Press website.

NOTE: The Whole Book Experience would like to thank David Pascoe and the Nawakum Press for the generosity that made this review possible.

For more book reviews, including pictures of the physical book and overall reading experience, visit my blog The Whole Book Experience at http://www.thewholebookexperience.com/
  jveezer | Dec 1, 2013 |
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New York Times Bestseller: Silent Spring author Rachel Carson's early masterwork brings to life the elegiac, subtle beauty of birds and the sea, blending her natural storytelling ability with clear-eyed science.   In her first book, preeminent nature writer Rachel Carson tells the story of the sea creatures and birds that dwell in and around the waters along North America's eastern coast--and the delicately balanced ecosystem that sustains them. Following the life cycles of a pair of sanderlings, a mackerel, and an eel, Carson gracefully weaves scientific observation with imaginative prose to educate and inspire, creating one of the finest wildlife narratives in American literature.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Rachel Carson including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

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