Jerry Smith's Reviews > Close to Shore: A True Story of Terror in An Age of Innocence

Close to Shore by Michael Capuzzo
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Nov 01, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: general-interest, history, 2009-read
Read in October, 2009

It's interesting to read about events in the first 20 years of the 20th century. It was truly a different world and the ydid things differently then.

It was the time when the ocean was really first being used for recreational swimming and therefore bringing people into contact with sharks for the first time in mass numbers. Sharks were very poorly understood at the time and so there was great uncertainty as to what was attacking people off the coat of NY in 1916.

Intriguing story. There is naturally supposition as to where the shark went etc as well as what the victime felt, but this is acknowledged and is well done in the narrative.

There are many parallels with Jaws - Benchly apparently based his ficticious shark on this case and the movie is similarly faithful to this original, true story.

Undeniably entertaining and whilst not necessarily historically detailed, gives a clear account of the times.

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