Atlantic by Simon Winchester

  • Started on: 2012-07-16
  • Finished on: 2012-07-25
  • Read in: English
  • Rating: “***–”
  • Genre(s): History


After reading The Surgeon of Crowthorne a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to more, so I dove into Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, also by Simon Winchester. This is a book about the Atlantic Ocean, and everything about it. Geology, history, politics, war, discovery, sailing, flying, animals, humans, weather, you name it, it is mentioned. The book is divided into chapters based on life, starting with birth and ending in death. But in those chapters everything can be covered. Sometimes this made the book very chaotic, Winchester followed any lead that he found interesting, sometimes telling something historic, before moving on to biology and then telling an anecdote from his personal travels or relationships. I didn’t really like this, and think that it is worse than in The Surgeon of Crowthorne. Maybe this also had to do with my reading mood, I’ve had trouble finding the time to read and concentrate, which is something this book deserves. Yesterday I got some reading mojo back and read the second half of the book in two sittings. Three out of five stars.