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The Main Cages

by Philip Marsden

I didn't think I'd enjoy this book as I have no interest in the sea but I found it very engrossing and finished it in a few sittings. The story of the changing way of life in a Cornish fishing village in the 1930s was completely absorbing.

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He himself barely noticed anything that month but the sea. The rhythms of his days were sea rhythms. He had no land life; his gaze was filled with the waves and their rise and fall, with gannets travelling against grey skies; he watched cloud ranges swell on the horizon and the rain on the boat's fresh paint form into droplets and vibrate with the engine.

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