"Everyone has to learn to see the West Indies tropics for himself,"
wrote V.S. Naipaul in The Middle Passage. "The landscape has never
been recorded...the depth of sky, the brilliancy of light, the
insubstantiality of colour in the tropics. The more gifted painters
have ceased to record the landscape: the patterns of the leaves are
too beguiling." The Islands and the Sea includes dozens of
writers--poets and novelists, naturalists and explorers--who, like
Naipaul help us to see the beguiling Caribbean through their
Editor John Murray opens this anthology, the first of its kind,
with an informed essay that provides a perspective on the region in
history and literature. Murray then presents writers ranging from
Daniel Defoe to Barry Lopez, from Charles Darwin to Edward O.
Wilson. In these selections, one can step ashore with Columbus on
San Salvador Island in 1492, travel up the forbidding Orinoco River
with Sir Walter Raleigh, and explore ancient Mayan ruins along the
coast with swashbuckling John Stephens in 1843. Ernest Hemingway,
writing to Maxwell Perkins from Key West, Florida, describes the
aftermath of the famous Matecumbe hurricane: "Indian Key absolutely
swept clean, not a blade of grass, and over the high center of it
were scattered live conchs that came in with the sea, craw fish,
and dead morays. The whole bottom of the sea blew over it." Other
contemporary writers include Barry Lopez, Derek Walcott, Rachel
Carson, Jamaica Kincaid, and Roger Caras. With each selection
Murray includes an informative introduction.
A Republic of Rivers, John Murray's anthology of nature writing on
Alaska and the Yukon, was hailed for its judicious selections, deft
editing, and, most importantly, its ability to capture and
communicate a sense of place. In The Islands and the Sea, he once
again gathers an enthralling collection of writings that convey the
beauty Caribbean's luminous waters, its rich, green hillsides,
teeming reefs, and remarkable varied people.
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