Underjungle

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$28.00  $26.04
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Unnamed Press
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Dimensions
5.28 X 8.35 X 1.18 inches | 0.79 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781951213756

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About the Author

James Sturz grew up in New York City, snorkeling in his bathtub and pretending the living room shag carpet was finger coral. Now based in Hawaii, he has covered the underwater world for The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, Outside and Men's Journal, among many publications. His fiction and journalism have been published in 18 countries and translated into nine languages. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University and is a PADI Divemaster, free diver, and Explorers Club Fellow. His first novel, Sasso, was set in the caves of Basilicata, Italy, very far from the water.

Reviews

"Gorgeously weird and weirdly gorgeous. Underjungle is a mesmerizing dissection of the best and worst of us, set in an undersea world untouched by humanity, so vividly and masterfully drawn that it feels both foreign and familiar. I have never read anything quite like it. Cleverly poetic, sometimes uncomfortable, and occasionally hilarious, but ultimately an ode to the wonders of depths unexplored." --Shelby Van Pelt, author of Remarkably Bright Creatures
"Not many of us would have the audacity to write a novel where the only human character is a corpse decomposing on the ocean floor, but in Underjungle James Sturz has met this challenge in dazzling fashion. To get a more intimate view of the world under the waves you'd probably have to become fish food yourself, so instead I recommend this profound and unclassifiable novel, a mind-expanding Aeneid of the seas." --Ned Beauman, author of Venomous Lumpsucker and Boxer, Beetle

"This love song to the unseen life of the ocean is a thing of passion, beauty, and shimmering fish. Deep inside James Sturz's singular and engaging story, there's a message for us who dwell on land: Not just to take care of the ocean, but of one another as well." --Daphne Merkin, author of 22 Minutes of Unconditional Love
"James Sturz has written a strange and beautiful book that defies the usual categories. It's a love story, a war story, an undersea epic and a meditation on the human hand. By the time you finish it you will know a lot more about what is happening in the sea around us--which may be the most important story of our time." --John Benditt, author of The Boatmaker

"Underjungle isn't just a novel. It's a symphonic meditation on existence, heartache, and underwater worlds beyond our imaginings. In prose both witty and elegiac, Sturz's finned narrator plunges readers into the ocean's depths, evoking such vivid tastes, textures, and scents that they may find themselves reluctant to come up for air." --Jennifer Steil, author of Exile Music and The Ambassador's Wife


"James Sturz is the Jacques Cousteau of storytelling. In Underjungle, he has crafted a magical, mystical, almost mythological narrative unlike anything else I know, an undersea morality tale for our hurt kind struggling through this postlapsarian mess we made." --William Giraldi, author of Hold the Dark and Busy Monsters


"Underjungle is poetry, fantasy, love, war, mystery and philosophy. This book will make you think about the ocean in ways you haven't before, and that might just make you want to protect it. I've dived with James, and I'm pleased to see that he has created this fascinating and complex story about the ocean and our deep connection to it." --Jean-Michel Cousteau, Ocean Futures Society
"So, so gorgeously strange, told by a sea creature, and set completely underwater, Underjungle is about all the big issues--love, loss, family, war--but it's also about how all the oceans, like all of us, are connected and the dangers when we forget that. It's written in prose as startlingly beautiful as the discovery of a real pearl shimmering in an oyster. A love letter to our oceans, Underjungle glints with humor and heart." --Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling author of With or Without You
"Underjungle is a wondrously beautiful tale told in language that made me feel I was breathing the atmosphere of an exotic and miraculous planet. Of course, I was. But the most amazing thing is that, the whole time, I was breathing underwater." --Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean and Beyond Words
"Underjungle isn't just a novel. It's a symphonic meditation on existence, heartache, and underwater worlds beyond our imaginings. In prose both witty and elegiac, Sturz's finned narrator plunges readers into the ocean's depths, evoking such vivid tastes, textures, and scents that they may find themselves reluctant to come up for air." --Jennifer Steil, author of Exile Music and The Ambassador's Wife
"An otherworldly romance full of poetry and wisdom. I love this novel--a strange, beautiful, and wholly original book. To read James Sturz's Underjungle is to be enchanted." --Iris Smyles, author of Droll Tales
"Luminous, strange, thought-provoking and as profound as the seas, the pelagic brilliance of Underjungle cannot be overstated. This is the brilliant novel Prince Namor would have written had he had more poetry classes." --Junot Díaz, author of This is How You Lose Her