Looking at this list, I am just now realizing how great a part the northern Atlantic Ocean played in all of the books I read this month (and here on Length x Wit, too! Clearly, this is where my mind has been all month.). Every novel had someone jumping in, getting sloshed about, or emerging entirely waterlogged from the sea. It was man versus nature under all sorts of circumstances, with some more fun than others. In a literary setting, the ocean often creates a divide between the characters' known world and a realm of danger or mystery. Over here and over there. But the sea's presence also means there will be a journey between those two places. Despite the vastness, the difficulty and the fear, it will be crossed. The ocean then is both a barrier and an entryway.
Check out my Book Wit reviews for August:
James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor, via O My Heart.