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Eloquence of the sardine : extraordinary encounters beneath the sea / Bill François ; translated by Antony Shugaar.

François, Bill, (author.). Shugaar, Antony, (translator.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library 578.77 FRA (Text) 33500013471511 New Available -
Godel Memorial-Warren Library 578.77 FRA (Text) 35500006506636 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250272430
  • ISBN: 1250272432
  • Physical Description: 182 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, [2021]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in France in 2019 by Fayard"--T.p. verso.
Formatted Contents Note:
Before -- Any fish will tell you so -- The world without silence -- Packed like sardines -- Are fish good at school? -- Cockles and mussels -- Daily specials -- Draw me a fish -- Hold an eel by the tale -- Sea serpents -- The sea is your mirror -- Aquatic dialogues -- In tune with the tuna -- The tail end -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.:
"Bill François' Eloquence of the Sardine is a charming narrative nonfiction book about the secret lives of fishes. If we listen to the ocean, what do we hear? What can it teach us? How can it change us? Written by a marine scientist (and winner of French eloquence competitions), this work of narrative non-fiction blends Bill François' personal story with that of sea creatures to create an original and exciting work. In poetic prose, he describes his unlikely journey from being a Parisian child, afraid of the water and crippled by self-consciousness, to an eloquent and self-assured young man with a passion for the ocean and all who inhabit it. In doing so, he tells the stories of sardines, anchovies, eels, suckerfish, and whales (to name a few), and demystifies these creatures' fascinating conversations. A mix between science and storytelling from the past and present, Eloquence of the Sardine is an invitation to dive deep and learn from the secrets of the ocean"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 August #1
    François has written something difficult to categorize: a symphony, a paean, an ode expressing his love for everything to do with the sea. His childhood summers spent on the French Riviera and his lifetime of snorkeling and diving fueled his appreciation of the oceanic world. His scientific background allows him to understand its intricate workings, and to explain them to his readers. We learn about both the legends and the facts. François evokes the songs through which whales communicate over hundreds of miles. He explains the importance of lobsters and cod in history, and how Japan used to use all its tuna for cat food. His is an optimistic view of the ocean, focusing on its magic rather than its peril due to climate change and other nefarious dangers. It is a joy to read. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 July #1
    François has written something difficult to categorize: a symphony, a paean, an ode expressing his love for everything to do with the sea. His childhood summers spent on the French Riviera and his lifetime of snorkeling and diving fueled his appreciation of the oceanic world. His scientific background allows him to understand its intricate workings, and to explain them to his readers. We learn about both the legends and the facts. François evokes the songs through which whales communicate over hundreds of miles. He explains the importance of lobsters and cod in history, and how Japan used to use all its tuna for catfood. His is an optimistic view of the ocean, focusing on its magic rather than the peril it is in due to climate change and other nefarious dangers. It is a joy to read. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Physicist and naturalist Bill François has always been fascinated by aquatic life. After he graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris with a PhD in fish hydrodynamics, his passion for writing and public speaking propelled him into the world of words. Now he blends the two universes to highlight the importance of protecting our oceans and share his love for the marine creatures.

Subject: Oceanography.
Aquatic animals.
François, Bill.
Marine scientists > Biography.
Aquatic animals.
Marine scientists.
Oceanography.
Genre: Biographies.

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