Virtual Escape: Running Away to Sea
It’s such a beautiful day today where I am – blue skies, glorious sunshine… we’re only missing the sea, the sand and the palm trees to make everything perfect.
So I thought today we’re escaping to the sea with a few books… The first of which absolutely has to be:
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
I freely admit: this one is not for everyone. Sophisticated Young Lady for example found it unutterably boring. This book is either
- a really boring story of an old man who went fishing , or
- a wonderful story about the invincibility of the human spirit.
If you have never read it, you should give it a go. The worst that can happen is that you don’t like it.
The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin
Well, this one hardly needs introduction. The man who came up with the theory of evolution writes about the voyage that gave him his ideas… Like it or not but as a historical document, it’s as good as you’ll get.
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
It’s been a long time ago I read this one and to be honest, I’m not that fond of it. It’s quite a compelling read all the same – once you start, you’ll find it hard to put it down. In case you never heard of it: it’s the somewhat chilling tale of the captain of a whaling ship who fanatically pursues a whale which had bitten his leg off. Some think it’s the greatest novel ever written about the sea.
Diving for Sunken Treasure by Jacques-Yves Cousteau
I freely admit that I haven’t read this one yet. It’s on my wish list. But Jacques-Yves Cousteau – you know, the man who invented SCUBA diving – featured largely in my landlocked childhood via television. He made a number of films about the sea, most of which are available as DVDs nowaydays. And Cousteau was the man who excavated the Grand Conglué shipwreck – a Roman galley full of amphoras, sank off Marseille in 2nd century BC.
I hope the story is in the book! 🙂
Further Reading: ⇒ Grand Congloué (MIT Museum) ⇒ Wrecks and Shipfinds of the Mediterranean