The Sea is Not Made of Water by Adam Nicolson
Bookseller review by Kath:
‘This is a revelation of a book! Building rock-pools on the west coast of Scotland, Nicolson reflects on life, living and death. What he sees in the water, from winkles to kelp, illuminates his wondrous way of looking. Referring to philosophers and scientists from the ancient world and the recent, Nicolson gives us a feast to feed our minds. Embedded in this remote part of Argyll, where he has come for thirty years, the folklore and clan culture are peeled back and examined; the powers of a beautiful, harsh seascape shown to have carved a people with a deep affinity to their community. Nicolson is a polymath, knowing his Highland history, as well as his ecology and philosophy. To marvel at the tides and their harvest, and to dig deep into the rich tidal patterns that flow across his glorious bay is one thing, but to make a book that is so marvellous in giving the reader a completely new way of seeing life, is breath-taking. Being with his rock-pools, being with nature, just being, is in the end, the gift. To read this book, is to emerge renewed and re-awakened – there’s something miraculous here.’
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