Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Book Review #5

(I found this book cover at wikipedia)

I did a post about macro images yesterday, so I thought it would be appropriate to talk about John Steinbeck's Cannery Row.

Besides writing, Steinbeck was very much interested in the ocean. His interest influenced his writing, which is clear in the very opening of Cannery Row. He begins the novel with a description of the hustle and bustle of the small world in a tide pool, then zooms out to the town of Monterey. After reading the novel, it's hard not to imagine Monterey as a small world in the same way as a tide pool with each creature moving from place to place. I never felt a sense of hopelessness of being a tiny creature in an enormous universe while I read Cannery Row, but I did feel a sense of living in my own tide pool, or my own little world within a larger world.

Macro photography works in the same way in revealing the small worlds around us, giving an emphasis to their importance and interesting-ness as well as something to compare different worlds to. I think of it as a great reminder of the fascinating universe we are a part of and the stories (or tide pools) we create within it.

I found this in the river

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