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EPUB ⚷ Fathoms: the world in the whale Ó A bold and lyrical exploration of our fraught relationship with the sea s most magnificent inhabitant, the whaleWhales loom large in the human imagination From a history of animals being harpooned worldwide to today s ecotourism operators and the work of marine biologists, whales have, for centuries, attracted myth, symbolism, significance, and exploitationBut whales, and the waters they inhabit, are changing Even as the international community draws closer to a ban on factory whaling, whales surface with disturbing news from the deep Once rare whale strandings, pollution and toxins accrued in whale bodies, plastics consumed by whales, the stress of exposure to industrial sound, and diseases contracted from livestock are direct results of human activityIncisive, provocative, and timely, Fathoms uses the story of the whale to examine our own story and that of the health of the planet Did you know that whalebone and whale bone are two different things Or that in the 18th century whale products were akin to modern plastic in their wide ranging uses Not just candles, soap, and corsets the ones I brought easily to mind before reading FATHOMS but in spectacle frames, umbrellas and fishing rods This is just one of the deeply fascinating topics covered in Fathoms The book s broken up into discrete essays looking at topics including whale as a source of resources in the huma Did you know that whalebone and whale bone are two different things Or that in the 18th century whale products were akin to modern plastic in their wide ranging uses Not just candles, soap, and corsets the ones I brought easily to mind before reading FATHOMS but in spectacle frames, umbrellas and fishing rods This is just one of the deeply fascinating topics covered in Fathoms The book s broken up into discrete essays looking at topics including whale as a source of resources in the human world whales as metaphors the sonic landscape of the oceans as whales experience them and Japanese whaling These essays revolve around a central experience on a beach in Perth, author Rebecca Giggs watches the spectacle and tragedy of a stranded whale s death Each essay in this collection returns in its own way to that central experience, but isn t tethered or forced to speak to it This gentle through line allows for a wide ranging meditation on the interplay between whales and humans, but also and importantly what whales might experience and face in their own right, completely aside from being a metaphor, an example, or a charismatic exception Packed full of poetry and flawlessly executed research, this wonderfully balanced deep dive heh provided such a perfect distraction from all this Fathoms is award winning Australian writer Rebecca Giggs s narrative nonfiction debut and is quite unlike anything I ve ever read before Whilst it may appear to be all about whales and their habitat this book actually encompasses an array of topics from the natural world and the beauty and destructive power wrought by mother nature right through to philosophy and climate change, all of which are written about in expressive and dazzling prose The sections addressing the topic of extinction of a Fathoms is award winning Australian writer Rebecca Giggs s narrative nonfiction debut and is quite unlike anything I ve ever read before Whilst it may appear to be all about whales and their habitat this book actually encompasses an array of topics from the natural world and the beauty and destructive power wrought by mother nature right through to philosophy and climate change, all of which are written about in expressive and dazzling prose The sections addressing the topic of extinction of a variety of animals, including ourselves, I found moving as it is clear to see the authors profound love for the natural world and her increasing anxiety with the way humans refuse to curtail their activities or effect changes to protect our planet and all of its precious gifts All of this makes for a beautiful reading experience, and I feel all of those who appreciate the wonders of our world will thoroughly enjoy it It is a refreshing and compelling amalgamation of knowledge and memoir and covers a great deal of ground without ever feeling too sprawling to grasp Many thanks to Scribe for an ARC Much of our general knowledge about the whale is derived from its symbolic significance for the burgeoning green movement of the 70s we ve all heard the catch cry, seen the bumper stickers, Save the whales Giggs takes us back much further than that, to when the whale s evolutionary ancestors walked on land She brings us further forward too, to a world where the whale facesthreats than ever before Plastics, sound pollution, even supposedly responsible eco tourism all could be dea Much of our general knowledge about the whale is derived from its symbolic significance for the burgeoning green movement of the 70s we ve all heard the catch cry, seen the bumper stickers, Save the whales Giggs takes us back much further than that, to when the whale s evolutionary ancestors walked on land She brings us further forward too, to a world where the whale facesthreats than ever before Plastics, sound pollution, even supposedly responsible eco tourism all could be death knells for the whale Fathoms is a meticulously researched book, rich in detail and emphatic in tone, one that draws our attention to something perhaps even larger than the whale the legacy of humanity s impact on the sea and skies An extended review of Fathoms is available at Keeping Up With The Penguins Fathoms is a marvel a glorious, prismatic, deeply affecting hymn to the beauty, majesty, and extremity of whales and the human imagining of them.James BradleyFathoms reads like a poem Its virtuoso thinking is a revelation I can t think of many books in which love for the world and uncompromising, ever deepening rigour come together in this way Time slows down This book makes a permanent dent in the reader.Maria TumarkinFathoms took my breath away Every page is suffused with magic and meani Fathoms is a marvel a glorious, prismatic, deeply affecting hymn to the beauty, majesty, and extremity of whales and the human imagining of them.James BradleyFathoms reads like a poem Its virtuoso thinking is a revelation I can t think of many books in which love for the world and uncompromising, ever deepening rigour come together in this way Time slows down This book makes a permanent dent in the reader.Maria TumarkinFathoms took my breath away Every page is suffused with magic and meaning Humanity s relationship with nature has never beenimportant or vulnerable, and we are truly fortunate that at such a pivotal moment, a writer of Rebecca Giggs s calibre is here to capture every beautiful detail, every aching nuance She is in a league of her own.Ed Yong, author of I Contain MultitudesA lyrical, wide ranging meditation on whales and their complex relationship with humanity Meticulously researched and full of fascinating information Books Publishing In Fathoms , Rebecca Giggs rips the metaphors off whales and brings us closer than we can usually get to the creatures themselves Along the way, she shows us how intimately whales are shaping our lives, how they change air quality, and crime, and even our conception of time I can t stop thinking about the connections she has unearthed, how a whale is connected to a meteor, a mother s breast, a landfill Under the spell of her deliciously evocative prose, you get the sense that you are truly, finally, glimpsing a whale in full glory Like the busks she writes about tiny missives carved into whalebone corsets by sailors this book leaves an imprint.Lulu Miller, author of Why Fish Don t Exist and co founder of NPR s Invisibilia Giggs presents scholarship in crisp, creatively written chapters addressing the many layers of the whale population s unique physiology and evolutionary history, sociality, above water balletic athleticism, and enigmatic biophony of their vocalisations Most importantly, she analyses how their behaviour can be predictive for the Earth s future Giggs reiterates that the whale and its life, legacy, and precarious environmental state are reflective of the greater issues the Earth faces, from ecological upheaval to overconsumption Whether describing the majesty of the blue whale or the human assault on sea ecology due to paper and plastic pollution, the author s prose is poetic, beautifully smooth, urgently readable, and eloquently informative Her passion for whales leaps off the page, urging readers to care and evenso become involved in their protection and preservation Throughout the book, the author s debut, she brilliantly exposes how regular human life seeped into the habitats of wildlife, and how wildlife returned back to us, the evidence of our obliviousness Refreshingly, she also reveals glimmers of hope regarding what whales can teach the human race about our capacity to ecologically coexist with the natural world A thoughtful, ambitiously crafted appeal for the preservation of marine mammals STARRED REVIEW Kirkus Reviews Astonishing utterly original Fathomsis an attempt to interpret our contemporary moment and in particular our relationship with the non human world through the glistening figure of the whale in all its myriad aspects The language of Fathomshas a remarkable, almost gothic intensity The style is vivid and estranging and luridly compelling, full of weird lights and unexpected textures A remarkable literary event because it is a new and hugely ambitious kind of nature writing, verging on poetry It is itself a whale cure, thrusting us into the dark intestine of the whale, among the indigestible plastics and other pollutants, the better to hear the conscience of tomorrow.Andrew Fuhrmann, The Monthly In Fathoms , Rebecca Giggs unravels a powerful non fiction narrative, masterfully blending history, philosophy and science.Dan Shaw, Happy Magazine This book is nothing less than a small masterpiece Rebecca Giggs Fathomsthe world in the whale is a remarkable meditation on, nominally, whales, but through them the delicacy and intricacy of human relationships with the environment, and the history and legacy of our intimate and devastating impact upon ecosystems The book is a striking piece of narrative nonfiction, philosophical and personal at once wrestling with liminal vulnerabilities, fantasies, conceits and projections, and it deserves global attention 4.5 STARSAnna Westbrook, ArtsHubFathoms is horrific, poetic and profound a morbid dirge shot through with celestial light As well as being an extensively researched and deeply considered study, the book is also a wunderkammer of tales that illustrate the hot mess of human aggression, obliviousness and folly Fathomsis a vast book, the scale of which brings to mind the blue whale, anatomically mysterious and the largest creature to have lived Giggs weaves together cosmological phenomena with their deep sea reverberations to give us a book that feels universal.Justine Hyde, The Saturday Paper With remarkable detective work, author Rebecca Giggs explores the habitats and migratory patterns of whales to reveal a great deal about them, and evenabout us It is a hauntingly beautiful examination of the moral force of animals, offering hope as well as despair.Jeff Maynard, Herald Sun A work of bright and careful genius Equal parts Rebecca Solnit and Annie Dillard, Giggs masterfully combines lush prose with conscientious history and boots on the beach reporting With Giggs leading us gently by the hand we dive down, and down, and down, into the dark core of the whale, which, she convincingly reveals, is also the guts of the world.Robert Moor, New York Times bestselling author of On Trails an exploration Rebecca Giggs Fathomsis a triumph, a deliciously rich work of art that, as if by magic, combines exquisite prose that floats off the page and into your heart with scientific accuracy and epic scope This is by far the best book about whales I have ever read What an achievement Wendy Williams, author of The Language of Butterflies and New York Times bestseller The Horse the epic history of our noble companion One of the most beautifully written nonfiction books I have read in a long time It s so hard to do justice to the immense importance of whales and the lessons they have for us all Rebecca Giggs does an extraordinary job of bringing together the science, the history, and the brilliance and fragility of whales.Christine Kenneally, author of The Invisible History of the Human RaceFathoms is a work of profound insight and wonder x pressmag.com.auN ot only the creatures at the heart of this book come alive on these pages, but a whole ecology Fathomsimmediately earns its place in the pantheon of classics of the new golden age of environmental writing.Stephen Sacks, Literary Hub The book is a masterpiece I am astonished that it is Giggs s first, for it reads like the work of a farexperienced author Giggs s exquisite prose is so striking as to be almost poetic, pulling the reader up constantly, either to savour a particularly apposite phrase, or to ponder a deep, unexpected connection If a whale warrants a pause, then Fathoms warrants many.Tim Flannery, The AustralianAn astonishing, desolating, exasperating, utterly original debut The language of Fathoms has a remarkable, almost gothic intensity The style is vivid and estranging and luridly compelling, full of weird lights and unexpected textures a remarkable literary event.Andrew Fuhrmann, The Monthly Lyrical, meditative and deeply researched, this gorgeous book by WA writer Rebecca Giggs is one to linger over The Weekend West This is a heavy read, but a fascinating and vital one.Ellen Cregan, Kill Your DarlingsFathoms is beautifully written, always aiming for the bigger picture what it means to live in the world and what it means to be enthralled by the world we live in and destroying it Fathoms is a glorious, beautiful and deeply important book.Magdalena Ball, Compulsive Reader Truly remarkable Each page is full of wonder and revelation.Grey Kelly, Talking Heads Magazine This is an unforgettable, meticulously researched work that examines the ways that we re all connected with whales, with the, environment and each other.Eliza Henry Jones, Organic Gardener Magazine Meticulous research and stunning prose unique, introspective and poetic.Zoya Patel, Canberra TimesA moving homage to the whale A book that begins with obsequies for a whale ends by enlarging our knowledge of, and sense of wonder about, this magnificent species It is non fiction told with the vivacity and moral authority that was once reserved for fiction Australian Financial Review Giggs meticulous research is itself awesome Every page has its breathtaking revelations Fathoms exhilarating poetic language is richly allusive and orchestrated.Felicity Plunkett, The Age