Turquoise water, pillowy sand, and a warm, salty breeze -- today the beach is regarded as the best possible place to restore body and soul. However, this has not always been the case. In other centuries the beach was considered a remote, terrifying wasteland on the margins of civilization. In their entertaining, elegant, and illuminating account, Lena Lencek and Gideon BosTurquoise water, pillowy sand, and a warm, salty breeze -- today the beach is regarded as the best possible place to restore body and soul. However, this has not always been the case. In other centuries the beach was considered a remote, terrifying wasteland on the margins of civilization. In their entertaining, elegant, and illuminating account, Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker trace the four-billion-year evolution of the place where land, water, and humans meet.Embedded in the narrative are the histories of sexuality, health, fashion, sport, the rise of the great resorts -- St. Tropez, Catalina, Newport, Miami Beach -- and the beach tales of Columbus, D-Day troops, and castaways Cook, Melville, and Swinburne. Including a marvelous selection of images evoking the beach's hypnotic appeal -- Impressionist paintings, archival photographs, advertising art, and postcards -- and an Appendix of the world's most beautiful, unspoiled beaches, The Beach will fascinate any reader from Coney...
|Title||:||The Beach: A History Of Paradise On Earth|
|Format Type||:||Audio Book|
|Number of Pages||:||404 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Beach: A History Of Paradise On Earth Reviews
Strong overall cultural history of the seashore - massive in scope, so not tremendous detail at any one point. Enjoyed especially the coverage of the seashore in antiquity and also some lesser-known chapters in beach history. Lencek didn't go much into the working classes and their pretty steady use of the oceans, as this is mostly a history of how the middle and upper classes related to shoreside environments, and she also didn't get into issues of segregation and beach access and the development of resorts specific to certain religions and races. But it was a good sweeping look at the construction of the beach as an environment with particular purposes suited to their times.
There were quite a few inconsistencies and scientific errors in the book, but I still enjoyed it. I think the book's intent was to focus on people and their perceptions, rather than scientific facts.
had to pick this up at a cute little book store when we were just on vacation in ocean shores! how could i not when i was actually at the beach? the reviews don't sound great but who cares for under $3!
really i probably shouldn't put this on my "read" shelf because i did not finish it; it was tooooo boring! but i DID read EIGHTY-EIGHT pages before i quit, so, . . . . . . i am putting it as "read." i feel like just because i plodded through EIGHTY-EIGHT pages of BOREDOM i get to do that! : ~