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"Carson's peaceful prose is masterfully read in Hébert's velvet voice." ( Booklist)
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By Roger on 03-08-10
Carson uses stories about birds, plants, fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and even humans, to describe the complex world of life in and around the sea and waters leading to the sea. She gives identities, even names, to some creatures, but she never anthropomorphizes them. Rather, she uses their identities and stories to draw us into their world so we can understand their experiences.
We see the fragility of each creature's existence, but Carson's real story is the circle of life. So each creature's death provides sustenance for at least one other, and life itself continues.
Carson treats humans the same as other creatures, except that she never gives them names. They are part of the sea world, dependent on it and subject to its vagaries, just like its other parts.
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By Maggie Hess on 01-28-18
Rachael Carson spoke with a sense of wonder
We get to know the animals of the sea, the wind itself, and the planktons all as characters of great importance. If only human kind took this perspective quicker, quick enough to save these seas.