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The Beach
by Lena Lencek ; Gideon Bosker
Binding: Audio Cassette, Unabridged edition
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Weight: 1.36 pound
Dimension: H: 2.38 x L: 9.4 x W: 6.68 inches
ISBN 10: 0786116005
ISBN 13: 9780786116003
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Book Description:
An absorbing, original account of the beach its history, customs, spectacles, and how it became the undisputed Nirvana for pleasure seekers. Turquoise water, pillowy sand, and a warm, salty breeze today the beach is regarded as the best possible place to restore body and soul. However, this has not always been the case. In other centuries the beach was considered a remote, terrifying wasteland on the margins of civilization. In their entertaining, elegant, and illuminating account, Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker trace the four billion year evolution of the place where land, water, and humans meet. Embedded in the narrative are the histories of sexuality, health, fashion, sport, the rise of the great resorts St. Tropez, Catalina, Newport, Miami Beach and the beach tales of Columbus, D Day troops, and castaways Cook, Melville, and Swinburne. Including a marvelous selection of images evoking the beach's hypnotic appeal Impressionist paintings, archival photographs, advertising art, and postcards and an Appendix of the world's most beautiful, unspoiled beaches, The Beach will fascinate any reader from Coney Island to Bora Bora. 'Engagingly eccentric and briskly good humored ... an entertaining, handsomely illustrated book.' The New York Times Book Review (front page) 'The perfect beach book, any time of the year.' Chicago Tribune


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