It is the 21st century and humans have finally conquered the sea. Professionals now harvest plankton to feed the world. However, the sea has not given up all its secrets...and men like Walter Franklin are determined to find them out.
©1957 Arthur C. Clarke (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I read this long ago and listened to it again several years ago on tape and I was surprised to find it completely different than i remember. 3 very distinct sections of which the middle may be my favorite. a lot of interesting deep sea stuff, and though I have a little trouble with the overall premise of whales as food in the future in light of conservation and the sentient question concerning whales and dolphins, Clarke at the time was probably extrapolating a potentially future necessity and dealing with it logically and at the end of the novel I think he's coming around to bigger questions. well done, well written. not a huge fan of the narrator who does a passable job but not very inspired. I am enjoying revisiting all the old Clarke.
I first read “The Deep Range” as a boy when it was originally published and have read it again since then. It’s always been one of my favorites from Arthur C. Clark. Hearing it as an audible work was another chance to revisit it. Like many classic works, this is one that I would recommend reading in print before listening to the audio.
This book, published in 1957, is Clarke's speculation on the use of the oceans to maintain the world's food supply. (The real life "Green Revolution" in land-based agriculture didn't take off until the 1960s, so at the time turning to the seas looked promising.) Plankton farming vies with whale herding for providing human nutriment. The analogy of plankton = homestead farming, vs. whales = cattle ranching in the Old West, is not lost on Clarke, who gives us Whaleboys instead of Cowboys. We also get the tantalizing possibility of undiscovered sea monsters, and the age-old debate over whether it's right to slaughter animals to feed humanity.
The characters have more depth than in much of Clarke's later work, and Clarke can be forgiven for casting women entirely in the housewife/secretary role they were stuck with at the time the book was written.
Who would I cast as narrator? ANYONE ELSE. Mr. Menasche has an annoying tendency to pause dramatically before the end of every sentence. EVERY sentence. Even sentences that aren't supposed to be dramatic. It's like listening to William Shatner read the U.S. Constitution.
Interesting take on the future of the ocean, a bit unrealistic--. but given the publish date...
All are fine
I am not in love with the book, but I do like the narration. Kind of soothing. I think at times a bit dramatic, but it works for me.
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