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There is another sea that deserves to be discovered. The sea of words. A set of thoughts, stories and visions that finds in the combination of the letters of the alphabet that make up the sentences (and therefore the pages) the physical space in which to transfer an idea. What is a book if not a thought stopped in time?
Read out of passion, but above all to never stop. In order not to stop learning and dreaming even when the thermometer says that at sea it is not the right time to go there. Too cold, too choppy, too much rain.
The desire remains. The call of the immense blue fluid is irresistible.
Here are 5 books to read (or to give as gifts) to dream of being comfortable on your sofa at home. In mask, wetsuit and fins, maybe, why not?
1. SEVEN TENES
Ponte alle Grazie
It speaks of water, of the sea, of the islands, of the coasts, of the cliffs and of the abysses. And it tells how the imagination of men has always been stimulated by the mystery of the sea.
Wrecks, shipwrecks, disappearances, nomads of the sea … 330 pages in which reality and myth mix, swaying like rocked by the waves. An unfailing masterpiece in the home library.
2. SMALL PHILOSOPHY OF THE SEA. From Talete to Nietzsche
Small but dense. Essential but intense. An embrace between philosophy and waves. Between the sea and thought. For Talete the liquid element is the principle of the world, Nietzsche exalts the value of silence … At the base of everything there is this: the sea is wisdom. Stimulates thought and cleans the mind. Whether diving or walking on the shore of a beach. The sea is like a good philosopher and can heal.
3. THE SUBMERSED LIFE OF GOULD
Imagine being in jail in a British penal colony in Tasmania. Sarah Island will be your home for many years. An uncontrollable need. He writes to tell of an existence made up of deceptions and murders. A diary that wants to be a testimony but also a repentance. But what does the sea have to do with it? To write William Gould uses the surrogates of what the island offers. Sea urchins, fish entrails, blood. A random set of objects and unusual inks for portraits (fantastically drawn) of 12 fish that tell the impossible life of an incredible man.
4. THE WORDS OF THE SEA
There is no story. Nor a tangle of stories. There is no sense of narrative. There is no plot. Yet this book has something unique. It collects over 200 “cuttings” from as many books by as many writers. All famous. True sacred monsters of literature. You will have in your hands an analogical drag and drop that allows you to read how the great literature loved the sea. How can a writer demonstrate his love for something other than to write about it? Hold fast. You will pass from Herman Melville, Hemingway, to Moitessier to Conrad simply turning the page. Chills…
5. THE WORLD OF WATER
History is all in the subtitle: the discovery of life across the seas. If you are looking for a scientific-cultural-historical-biological work on the sea you are on the right path. You will discover (for example) that in the middle of the sea there are areas where the surface level is negative. As if there were “huge and soft holes” similar to hilly valleys. You will discover that, but above all, how life developed from water molecules. A bit of history, a bit of a scientific manual, a bit of a travel book. One thing is certain. When you look at the horizon, you will no longer see just one line. But an infinity of other things.