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The Log from the Sea of Cortez (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 18 Jan 2001
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In 1940 Steinbeck sailed in a sardine boat with his great friend the marine biologist, Ed Ricketts, to collect marine invertebrates from the beaches of the Gulf of California. The expedition was described by the two men in "Sea Of Cortez", published in 1941. The day-to-day story of the trip is told here in the Log, which combines science, philosophy and high-spirited adventure. This book is an exhilarating and highly entertaining read.
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Nobel-Prize winning author John Steinbeck is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. His complete works will be available in Penguin Modern Classics.
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The main part of the book is I think written predominantly by Ed Ricketts, and the appendix is written by John Steinbeck -- this came through clearly in the writing style -- I found the appendix much more readable and enjoyable than the main text.
The book is called a log, so perhaps I should not view it as a story and more as a journal of a scientific journey.
The incredibly rich wildlife they encountered is described beautifully, and Steinbeck's reflections on life, humanity, politics, etc. is very thought-provoking. What a trip that must have been! A perfect mixture of travel, comradeship, hard physical work, scientific study, contemplation of nature and intellectual reflection. A really good read.
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