writes the author, are “animated chopping machines. They will eat anything
alive. They have stripped the toes from surfers in Florida. They can’t not
eat.” Hersey weaves fact and legend around his subject, engaging the reader
with juicy details of ocean life, philosophy, natural history, and the crises
into which man has let his environment slide.
pleasures of a summer’s bluefishing off Martha’s Vineyard are marvelously
evoked as Hersey reflects upon the angler’s art, wonders of the teeming
oceans where fish and fisherman confront each other, and the web of
interdependence they share.
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