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    DescriptionJames Hamilton-Paterson's classic exploration of the sea, "Seven Tenths" is a beautifully written blend of literature and science that includes the acclaimed essay "Sea Burial." Hamilton-Paterson writes about fishing, piracy, ecological crises, and is especially brilliant on the melancholy fascination of those border places and moments when the sea and land meet and the human experience seems transient. Taking humanity's complex relationship with the sea as its starting point, "Seven Tenths" is an enticing 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 memory. The prose is never less than stunning, even as it is employed to describe 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 powerful reminder of the power, fragility and sublime beauty of the sea.

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    Seven Tenths
    The Sea and Its Thresholds
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Hamilton-Paterson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 406
    Width: 139 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 494 g
    ISBN 13: 9781933372693
    ISBN 10: 1933372699

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.1
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 910.4
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: WNCS1
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Libri: I-NA
    BISAC V2.8: SCI052000
    DC22: 551.46
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26620
    B&T Approval Code: A57010000
    BISAC V2.8: NAT025000
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: GC21 .H37 2009
    Europa Editions
    Imprint name
    Europa Editions
    Publication date
    28 April 2009
    Review quote
    "The kind of book that, were he alive now, Shelley might have written."
    -Charles Sprawson

    "Hamilton-Paterson's hallucinogenic narrative brings to mind both Coleridge and Borges."
    - Cristopher Hirst

    "Personal, quirky, scientific, and poetical by turns-The Songlines of the sea."
    -"Daily Telegraph (UK)"

    "[Hamilton-Paterson] logs the destruction of the last wilderness and its place in the imagination with the intense vision of an angry Thoreau."
    -"Observer (UK)"

    "Should be required reading for the decision makers of every maritime nation."
    "- The New York Times Book Review"

    "Under the sparkle and often superb imagery lie austere Conradian depths."
    - "Sunday Telegraph (UK)"

    "Not since Rachel Carson have I heard such eloquence, such passion for the sea and everything it means to us."
    "-The New York Review of Books"