Sarah P’s comments: It is deep winter so I am deviating from my usual water path. While in my favorite 910.4 section, my eye wandered to the 912’s and fell upon this odd book. Everything you wanted to know (or not) about maps and people who love looking at them. I admit I am one. It’s a strangely fascinating read from a strangely fascinating guy who also happens to be a good writer. The only negative is he never mentions charts! I will have to write him…how can you write a whole book about maps and never discuss maps of water???
‘Maps give us a sense of place and stability and origin that we otherwise lack.’
‘Falling in love with places is just like falling in love with people; it can happen more than once, but never quite like your first time.’
‘Almost every map…will show us two kinds of places: places where we’ve been and places we’ve never been…We can understand, at a glance, our place in the universe, our potential to go and see new things, and the way to get back home afterward.’
Sarah P’s comments: This blog mainly focuses on true, non-fiction sailing tales. Not because I don’t like sailing fiction but because, other than the classics (Moby Dick, Captains Courageous, etc.), I haven’t found much current stuff worthy of reading. This book is exceptional in the way that this author captures the ‘feel’ of sailing and water; both river and sea.
Caro Oresteia spent her life waiting to be called by the river god, as those in her family had been for generations. But when she’s swept away on an adventure to save the Akhaian royal prince, Markos, her destiny is sealed by the sea god instead.
“Caro’s description of her boat home, the Cormorant, will make even readers unfamiliar with sailing feel as though they belong on the water with her. Tolcser blends the right amount of epic fantasy, sea voyage, and romance for a rollicking, swashbuckling adventure. – Kirkus (starred review)
A fair day with a fresh wind has a magic all its own.
To a captain, a ship is more than just something that carries cargo from place to place…you understand the life in her, and it calls out to you…
In spite of everything, my heavy mood lifted as the wind filled Cormorant’s sail.
From the author:
To go forward, sometimes you have to go back. I went back to the folk songs and the sailing adventures I loved, the ones that inspired a girl with dreams of being a pirate.