Shark Drunk

Author: Morten Stroksnes

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0451493494

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 3662

A salty story of friendship, adventure, and the explosive life that teems beneath the ocean The Lofoten archipelago, just North of the Arctic Circle, is a place of unsurpassed beauty—the skyline spikes with dramatic peaks; the radiant greens and purples of the Northern Lights follow summers where the sun never sets. It’s a place of small villages, where the art of fishing, though evolving, is still practiced in traditional ways. Beneath the great depths surrounding these islands lurks the infamous Greenland shark. At twenty-four feet in length and weighing more than a ton, it is truly a beast to behold. But the shark is not known just for its size: Its meat contains a toxin that, when consumed, has been known to make people drunk and hallucinatory. Shark Drunk is the true story of two friends, the author and the eccentric artist Hugo Aasjord, as they embark on a wild pursuit of the famed creature—all from a tiny rubber boat. Together they tackle existential questions and encounter the world’s most powerful maelstrom as they attempt to understand the ocean from every possible angle, drawing on poetry, science, history, ecology, mythology, and their own—sometimes intoxicated—observations, meanwhile pursuing the elusive Greenland shark. By turns thrilling, wise, and hilarious, Shark Drunk is a celebration of adventure, marine life, and, above all, friendship. Winner of the Norwegian Brage Prize 2015 Winner of the Norwegian Critics’ Prize for Literature 2015 Winner of the Norwegian Reine Ord Prize at Lofoten International Literature Festival 2016

Shark Drunk

Author: Morten Stroksnes

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 1101972939

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 0

View: 1037

ONE OF SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE'S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR The Lofoten islands in Norway are as isolated and forbidding as they are majestic. In this true story, two friends, the author and the eccentric artist Hugo Aasjord, set out onto the icy waters surrounding the islands. Their quest: to pursue the infamous Greenland shark—a massive creature that can grow to twenty-six feet in length and more than a ton in weight—from a tiny rubber boat. But the shark is not known for its size alone: its meat contains a toxin that, when consumed, has been known to make people drunk and hallucinatory. Together, the two men tackle existential questions, survive the world’s most powerful maelstrom, and, yes, get drunk, as they attempt to understand the ocean from every possible angle, drawing on poetry, science, history, ecology, mythology, and their own, sometimes intoxicated, observations.

The Power of the Periphery

Author: Peder Anker

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108477569

Category: History

Page: 303

View: 9964

Examines how Norway has positioned itself as an alternative, environmentally-sound nation in a world filled with tension and instability.

Marine Fishes of Arctic Canada

Author: Brian W. Coad,James D. Reist

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442647108

Category: Nature

Page: 633

View: 4778

Marine Fishes of Arctic Canada is an accessible and up-to-date study on the diverse marine fish population existing in Canadian waters.

Jellyfish Age Backwards

Author: Nicklas Brendborg

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1529387922

Category: Science

Page: 263

View: 9667

~~A TIMES BEST BOOK OF 2022~~ 'In a field characterised by overclaiming and wishful thinking, it is judicious, sensible and refreshingly clear. And fascinating.' The Sunday Times 'A hugely enjoyable slice of popular science, full of memorable facts and sound advice.' Daily Mail 'Brendborg takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the science of ageing... he navigates this bustling discipline with graceful clarity, dispelling common myths along the way.' New Scientist A deep-dive into the astonishing nature and true science of longevity Molecular Biologist Nicklas Brendborg takes us on a journey from the farthest reaches of the globe to the most cutting-edge research to explore everything the natural world and science have to offer on the mystery of aging. From the centuries-old Greenland shark and backwards-aging jellyfish to the man who fasted for a year and the woman who successfully edited her own DNA, this book follows the thread of every experiment, story, and myth in the search for immortality. With mind-bending discoveries and physiological gifts that feel closer to magic than reality, Jellyfish Age Backwards will reshape everything you thought you knew about aging - and offer nature's secrets to unlocking your own longevity.

Chasing Islands

Author: Nikki Chartier

Publisher: Nicole Chartier


Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 170

View: 9838

The tides have turned for Topher Brooks. The scandal has passed, the West Coast Hooligans are back together, and his relationship with his brother Vin is smooth sailing once again. With a new California surf tour starting next year, Topher is training harder than ever to represent the USA in the big leagues. The only thing he’s missing is someone special, but his boys are determined to take his mind off of his non-existent love life with the surf trip of a lifetime. Sloane Harrington’s life is in shambles. Since the St. Catalina Island Resort sold and her dad lost his job in the deal, her family is scraping to get by. She can’t imagine life anywhere other than the island. But she knows they can’t afford the life they’ve always lived. Against her dad’s request, she’s taken a job as a maid at the very resort that broke her family in hopes to help save her home. Everything seems to be falling apart until she runs into an old friend. When Dominic introduces Sloane to Topher, the connection is instant. The hopeless romantic in Sloane can’t help but fall into a whirlwind romance in between the waves, but she doesn’t want her friends – new or old – to know of her recent misfortune. Keeping up appearances proves harder than she expected because the island is only so big and there are only so many places to hide her secrets... *** Follow Topher on his own forever-chasing adventure and revisit Sloane Harrington from Chasing Swells! The West Coast Hooligans series is a spin-off from the fan favorite Drenaline Surf series! West Coast Hooligans series: Chasing Swells (#1) Chasing Aloha (#2) Chasing Islands (#3) Chasing Sunsets (#4) - Coming soon! Chasing Vibes (#5) - Coming soon! Chasing Sapphires (#6) - Coming soon!

The Golden Mole

Author: Katherine Rundell

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571362516

Category: Nature

Page: 170

View: 6799

A gloriously illustrated and fascinating bestiary of the world's most extraordinary endangered animals - a treasure trove of vanishing wonders. 'A rare and magical book. I didn't want it to end.' Bill Bryson 'Rundell is the real deal, a writer of boundless gifts and extraordinary imaginative power.' Observer 'Rundell's pen is gold-tipped.' Sunday Times The world is more astonishing, more miraculous and more wonderful than our wildest imaginings. In this passionately persuasive and sharply funny book, Katherine Rundell tells us how and why. *** A swift flies two million kilometres in its lifetime. That's far enough to get to the moon and back twice over - and then once more to the moon. A pangolin keeps its tongue furled in a pouch by its hip, a Greenland shark can live five hundred years, a wombat once inspired a love poem.

Something Meaningful

Author: Paul Quintanilla

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1329579836

Category: Fiction

Page: 273

View: 4939

This novel attempts to examine the nature of innocence and of living fully without it. Dereck Kramer, recently released from prison, is constantly tortured by his past. And haunted by the past, pursued by it, driven on by the unending combined furies of guilt and shame and disgrace he struggles to begin again, to find a new way. This novel aks: can there be a new beginning or any true redemption for those who have irrevocably "lost their innocence?"

Global Literary Studies

Author: Diana Roig-Sanz,Neus Rotger

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 311074032X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 382

View: 5820

While the very existence of global literary studies as an institutionalised field is not yet fully established, the global turn in various disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences has been gaining traction in recent years. This book aims to contribute to the field of global literary studies with a more inclusive and decentralising approach. Specifically, it responds to a double demand: the need for expanding openness to other ways of seeing the global literary space by including multiple literary and cultural traditions and other interdisciplinary perspectives in the discussion, and the need for conceptual models and different case studies that will help develop a global approach in four key avenues of research: global translation flows and translation policies, the post-1989 novel as a global form, global literary environments, and a global perspective on film and cinema history. Gathering contributions from international scholars with expertise in various areas of research, the volume is structured around five target concepts: space, scale, time, connectivity, and agency. We also take gender and LGBTQ+ perspectives, as well as a digital approach.

Exploring NORDIC COOL in Literary History

Author: Gunilla Hermansson,Jens Lohfert Jørgensen

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9027260540

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 342

View: 3875

How did Nordic culture become associated with the fuzzy brand “cool”, as by default? In Exploring NORDIC COOL in Literary History twenty-one scholars in collaboration question the seemingly natural fit between “Nordic” and “Cool” by investigating its variegated trajectories through literary history, from medieval legends to digital poetry. At the same time, the elasticity and polysemy of the word “cool” become a means to explore Nordic literary history afresh. It opens up a rich diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches within a regional framework and reveals hitherto unseen links between familiar and less familiar tracks and sites. Following diverse paths of “Nordic cool” in respect to – among other things – nature, survival, love, whiteness, style, economics, heroism and colonialism, this book challenges all-too-recognisable narratives, and underlines the sheer knowledge potential of literary historical research.