Sunday, January 13, 2013
It is a cold day in the San Diego area-maybe 55 and people here are dressed as if it is anywhere from 35 to 75. We are across the street from a park butting up against the ocean. Five women are painting the ocean and all of their canvasses are exactly alike. Perhaps their instructor does not encourage individuality-she might be more interest in color.
The park on a Saturday is filled with dog walkers, kids kicking a ball, lovers, groups of young women, young men, elderly people on walkers, birds--which people have a desire to feed despite the warning signs. Does feeding birds that live by an ocean full of fish really make people feel virtuous.
But I am still thinking about those five identical canvasses. And thinking about books that make good use of the ocean--that paint their picture vividly. JAWS comes immediately to mind. Also THE DAWN PATROL. I am also reminded of THE LIFE OF PI. Not all beach reading has to be beach reads.
What books do a good job of putting you by the sea? Any sea.