Book Report

Choose a book from among the following list of classical and formative works on humanity’s experience with the ocean.  With the exception of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, you don’t need to stick to these particular versions/editions of these books.  For some of them, multiple publishing houses have had editions out over the years.

For guidelines and ideas on how to write your report click here.  Be sure you follow these guidelines EXACTLY.

The report is due in the Sakai Dropbox by midnight on Friday April, 17th at 11:59:59pm – ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS.

You MUST upload your paper as a word document (preferably MS Word, please no pdfs).  DO NOT upload download links to clouds, boxes, etc.  

If you chose to read Jules Verne, you should avoid the English translation by Mercier Lewis, which is neither very true to the original French, nor a complete version of the original book (about 1/3 shorter).  Translations by Butcher, Miller, or Walter are the better and complete translations.  If you are unsure which translation you are holding in your hand, check for the presence of Chapter 8: Mobilis in mobili and Chapter 11: The Nautilus.  These two chapters are omitted by poor translations.

  • 20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne (1870)
  • The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck (1951)
  • Shackleton’s Boat Journey by F. A. Worsley (reissued in 2002)
  • Two Years Before the Mast by Richard H. Dana (1840)
  • Currents of Deceit: A Caribbean Thriller by Ronald Perkins (2012)
  • The Dangerous Voyage of Captain Bligh in an Open Boat by William Bligh (1824)

Book Descriptions Here (Click on Book):

The Log from the Sea of Cortez

20,000 Leagues under the Sea

Shackletons Boat Journey

Currents of DeceitTwo Years Before the Mast

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