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The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck
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Nov 29, 2011

really liked it
Read from November 18 to 23, 2011

Both parts of this book were good--the account of a trip in the Gulf of California
(aka the Sea of Cortez) to collect marine animal specimens, and the long appendix
in which Steinbeck tells us about his collaborator on that trip, the marine biologist
Ed Ricketts. More scientific information than the average reader wants, though it has
its own poetry, but truly wonderful character studies (of Steinbeck, Ricketts, their
crew, the other people they meet on the trip). And quite a load of philosophical and
psychological musing, well lubricated with beer. Their trip took place as all hell was
breaking loose in Europe in World War II while on board their boat the only reality was
close at hand--the weather, the next beach and what they would find there, the rare
landings near actual towns.

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