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I read this long ago and listened to it again several years ago on tape and I was surprised to find it completely different than i remember. 3 very distinct sections of which the middle may be my favorite. a lot of interesting deep sea stuff, and though I have a little trouble with the overall premise of whales as food in the future in light of conservation and the sentient question concerning whales and dolphins, Clarke at the time was probably extrapolating a potentially future necessity and dealing with it logically and at the end of the novel I think he's coming around to bigger questions. well done, well written. not a huge fan of the narrator who does a passable job but not very inspired. I am enjoying revisiting all the old Clarke.
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What did you like best about The Deep Range? What did you like least?
This book, published in 1957, is Clarke's speculation on the use of the oceans to maintain the world's food supply. (The real life "Green Revolution" in land-based agriculture didn't take off until the 1960s, so at the time turning to the seas looked promising.) Plankton farming vies with whale herding for providing human nutriment. The analogy of plankton = homestead farming, vs. whales = cattle ranching in the Old West, is not lost on Clarke, who gives us Whaleboys instead of Cowboys. We also get the tantalizing possibility of undiscovered sea monsters, and the age-old debate over whether it's right to slaughter animals to feed humanity.
The characters have more depth than in much of Clarke's later work, and Clarke can be forgiven for casting women entirely in the housewife/secretary role they were stuck with at the time the book was written.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steven Menasche?
Who would I cast as narrator? ANYONE ELSE. Mr. Menasche has an annoying tendency to pause dramatically before the end of every sentence. EVERY sentence. Even sentences that aren't supposed to be dramatic. It's like listening to William Shatner read the U.S. Constitution.
Was The Deep Range worth the listening time?
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