A dream of a book, vivid yet languorous, rich in detail, richer still in emotional impact. Whitty unspools scores of vignettes of life in remote biological research camps and on film shoots throughout the world's oceans, and intersperses these with allegorical references to Hindu mythology and some of the finest scientific descriptions of sea life and ocean dynamics this former oceanographer has ever read.
Breathtakingly learned and lyrical, offers oceanic revelations, from the ancient lineage of leatherback turtles to the sexual secrets of barnacles to the single coursing current of the deep ocean river and its critical role in our collective fate.
Whitty writes with humor, reverence, true curiosity and an unfettered imagination. She is not afraid to be disoriented or in a state of permanent awe.
A strikingly original book of short stories. Serious environmentalists are seldom noted for their sense of humor. Whitty is one who can provide it.
Whitty's prodigious natural talents: a supple biodiversity of language and an empathy for people and animals alike that puts most other writers in the shade.
There's a strong melody to her prose, a prankish humor and an exhilarating confidence in the way she makes vast leaps through time.
Ms. Whitty is an ecologist and filmmaker. She knows animals; she knows the Earth's remote and wild places. For fiction she mixes that impeccable authority with a lyrical imagination.
Loath to trade on Shark Week sensibilities, her rapture is more subtle, grand, intelligent and cosmological; and her primary devotion is to the coral reefs. Whitty's prose is supple and scientifically informed (a rare and graceful mix), her intimacies with the ocean's curiosities captivate.
The product of a scientist's mind, a sociologist's eye, a Zen Buddhist's soul, and a poet's heart, The Fragile Edge is at once a natural history, a call to action, a love song, and a prayer.
Armchair travelers are sure to swoon over Julia Whitty's transporting read about her experiences diving off the coasts of South Pacific islands with such impossibly romantic-sounding names as Rangiroa, Tuvalu, and Mo'orea.
© Julia Whitty 2015