Megan's Reviews > Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms & a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

Atlantic by Simon Winchester
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Jun 23, 2015

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bookshelves: nonfiction
Read in July, 2011

I got a lot of flak from the librarians when I checked this out. They wondered why I’d abandoned good ‘ol fiction and turned to the incredibly boring non-fiction section of the library. And I decided the simple reason is that I miss learning. I miss making new connections, learning new things, and having my brain challenged. The result being that I’ve increased my non-fiction interests. This book seemed perfect and overall I’d say it accomplished what I wanted it to do. The author gives you a history of the Atlantic Ocean (splitting it into stages via an idea from a Shakespearean play) and with each section he give you the history and (if applicable) the possible future of the Atlantic Ocean from that perspective. He peppers the history with interesting (and sad when he gets to the slave trade route!) sea stories, and to the most part keeps up the pace. Having said that, the introduction is about 30 pages too long, also, I’m sorry to say that even with my passion for the humanities, he just couldn’t capture my interest in how the humanities have depicted the Ocean. I read about hurricane Katrina during a storm, and totally freaked myself out. But overall, I’d say that if you are interested in the Ocean, and miss learning this book just might do the trick. Now to find myself some good fiction…

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