Friday Reads – The Silent World

From the back copy of The Silent World, by Captain J.Y. Cousteau, copyright 1953:

This best seller unfolds wonders never before seen by man! A new era of undersea exploration began when the young French naval officer J.Y. Cousteau and his partners started to use the now famous underwater breathing apparatus, the aqualung. In this fascinating report Cousteau tells what it is like to be a “manfish” swimming in the deep twilight zone with sharks, mantas, morays, whales and octopuses.

Captain Cousteau tells of exploring sunken ships, including a Roman galley. With him we enter drowned caverns into which the light of day never penetrated. We come mouth to mouth with a shark of as yet unknown species. Visit an octopus city . . . and bring back treasures lost centuries ago!

I found this for $1 at the Book Exchange. The Silent World. Ah, yes, I love this stuff. Cousteau was one of the first “real life” adventurers to spark my imagination. I used to watch his television specials, dreamed of SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) diving (which, to this day, I still haven’t done . . . possibly the very top item on my expansive list of life’s failures), and even bailed over backwards off the inner tubes we’d float around on at Frenchtown Pond when I was a chubby youngster just like Cousteau and his crew used to. Hell, I even liked John Denver’s song about Cousteau’s research ship, Calypso. It goes to show how much pleasure one measly dollar may still provide . . . especially paired with the day’s first slug of coffee.

Author: Chris

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and a photographer. He is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lives in Missoula, MT.

4 thoughts on “Friday Reads – The Silent World”

  1. I love book sale scores! I’ve been reading The Last Best Place anthology from a library book sale. That’s a lot of bang for less than a buck. I also had the honor of copyediting My Father, the Captain: My Life With Jacques Cousteau. The whole Cousteau family is so inspiring.

    1. That Last Best Place anthology is an explosion for under a buck. That’s a hefty tome!

      One of the last work trips I made to Mexico for my old job, the facility I was working at was right next door to a Cousteau Society facility. I don’t even know what was going on there. But I wanted to check it out.

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