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The Draw of the Sea

The Draw of the Sea

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In this book, he travels around Cornwall and Scilly Isles and all the way up to Svalbard finding out the stories of the people who live and love the coast in the same way that he does. I also have always felt drawn to the sea and after reading this book I now understand that many people feel the same way and we all explore the sea in different ways and each have our own unique experiences from its presence. He has written for Radio 4's Open Book, The Guardian and The Observer, and is a regular contributor to the journal Elementum. We're used to stories of the sea being a grand voyage; a tale of derring-do; perhaps a romantic escapade. This is the plastic that is breaking down into ever smaller particles in our seas, being eaten by the fish we eat, making its ways into the stomachs of birds and whales, all the way up the food chain, leaching into our bodies, our organs and which will almost certainly outlast all of us.

The Draw of the Sea will evoke both the specific and the universal appeal of the sea in the same way that James Rebanks evoked both the specific and the universal in The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District. He tries new experiences, interviewing the people he meets, finding out what it is that draws them to the coast. By including such an interesting range of stories, it also expanded my perspective of other people's relationships with the sea too. In the specifics of these livelihoods and their rich histories and traditions, Wyl Menmuir captures the universal human connection to the sea.

Menmuir’s prose is filled with the relentless curiosity and enthusiasm of someone for whom the sea is a genuine source of wonder. It also brought me right out of another book rut, and therefore as usual, improved my entire mental climate. As well as the urgency to protect our oceans, I felt a deep sense of peace while reading this and I sat and questioned what I like about the coast and the ocean.

Wyl Menmuir dives deep into a world of sea-souls - swimmers and surfers and sailors, birders, beachcombers and rowers - and with meditative charm addresses that perennial, unanswerable question: what makes us so oblivious to danger and discomfort and pulls us again and again to the water? When I was a child, the family would sometimes go to the seaside (New Brighton) on a winter's day and sit in the car watching the waves break on the beach. First, living on the West coast in Washington state next to the Pacific Ocean and now living in Florida next to the Gulf of Mexico.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan Republic, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Channel Islands, Comoros, Cook Islands, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Fiji, French Polynesia, Gabon Republic, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Greenland, Guam, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico, Republic of the Congo, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Suriname, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Virgin Islands (U.

Funny and uplifting, personal and profound, ‘The Draw of the Sea’ will delight anyone familiar with the intimate and inescapable pull of the sea…’ooOooMeasuring roughly 22. The portraits that comprise so much of this book, along with Menmuir's personal experiences throughout, draw the reader into a world (or worlds) where nature, in this case the sea, is an integral part of each person's identity. It isn't just about living near the water or working on the water, it is how life, of the person, the sea, and the community, all come together into a whole.It was a tragedy that sent novelist Wyl Menmuir to the “demi-island” of Cornwall, with its long and sinuous shoreline. Portobello Book Blog is not responsible for the republishing of the content found on this blog on other Web sites or media without its permission.

Focusing mainly on Cornwall and the Scilly Isles, Menmuir covers such topics as beachcombing, rockpooling, surfing and freediving as well as art, photography and wildlife. The sense of interconnectedness, though, is entrancing, a reminder that in times of separation, the sea connects us to one another. Surfers sit low in the water on submerged boards and look for that longed-for ‘bump’ on the horizon that signals an incoming set of waves. Head further west and you’ll find all of this and more on the tiny gems that make up the archipelago of Scilly, in which the stillest seas can turn to raging torrents in a matter of hours as the wind switches.It is here that Menmuir and his family holiday and Scilly serves as a kind of dream landscape for him, one in which he is more easily able to immerse himself in the maritime world. From beachcombing or wrecking, fishing, free diving, surfing, shell seekers, sailors, beach art, Menmuir tells the stories of the people that live in or near to the sea. As Darke’s widow says to him, these objects “make the whole world seem a whole lot smaller, a lot more connected”.

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