Spirit of the Sea

Author(s): Marie-France Boyer

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The fisherman?s way of life, always at the mercy of the violence of the elements, is disappearing. Fishing over the last fifty years has been completely transformed by industrialization, and small-scale coastal fishing is today in decline. Yet many of the old rituals remain ? memorials for those lost at sea, carnivals and festivals. This beautiful book celebrates this harsh and singular world, and reveals the poetry of its everyday and functional objects.

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Preface These are the days of the factory ship, dwindling fish stocks and frozen slabs of supermarket fish, but there are still fishermen who own their small boats, go out to sea every day, and bring back amazing and beautiful sea creatures to sell on the dock. There are still, too, romantic traces of their predecessors in all the little fishing ports from Maine to Norway, from the Shetlands to Biarritz, from Norfolk to Brittany, from Dorset to Dieppe. 1. Boats 2. The Fishermen 3. The Catch 4. Huts and Cabins 5. Nets and Pots 6. Back on Terra Firma (fishermen's houses and an extraordinary garden, seamen's missions and cafes) 7. Rites and Rituals (festivals of the sea and memorials to those lost at sea)

General Fields

  • : 9780500511039
  • : Thames & Hudson
  • : Thames & Hudson
  • : 0.7
  • : February 2003
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Marie-France Boyer
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 120
  • : 147 illustrations, 131 in colour