Cathedral of the World: Sailing notes for a blue planet

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The curved lines of a sailing ship resemble the inverted dome of a great cathedral, surrounded not by soot-covered buildings and crowded streets but by a vast liquid wilderness. This physical and symbolic connection is at the thematic heart of Cathedral of the World, a collection of essays in which writer and professional small-boat sailor Myron Arms sets out on a journey both physical and spiritual, seeking to explore what he calls "the primal spaces" and to articulate the sailor's age-old quest to understand his world and himself.

Arms, author of the Boston Globe bestseller Riddle of the Ice, weaves the experiences of four decades at sea into a series of reflections that range across half a lifetime and thousands of ocean miles. During these journeys, he takes readers to some of the last wild places on Earth, climbing the hills of the North Atlantic in a full gale, watching the flight of seabirds, listening to the night-breath of whales, and pondering the questions that all such encounters inspire.

What John Muir did for western forests, what Edward Abbey did for the desert, Arms now does for the ocean. In a voice that is reverent, impassioned, and clear-sighted, he celebrates the wilderness he has come to love, mourns its wounds, and demonstrates for all of us its power to heal.

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"An enchanted journey across an interior sea."
--Daniel Quinn, author of Ishmael

"A thoughtful, expansive, provocative book."
--Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean

"As a sailor and a theologian, I was carried along by the currents of this unusual book."
--Harvey Cox, author of Fire from Heaven

"There's nothing like open sea to send the mind off on meditative musings...Arms treats the sea as a cathedral, a place that inspires reverence for the natural world, a place in which it is appropriate to let the mind and soul chase after the big questions...Brief as these essays are, they are pungent and, at their best, as refreshing as a blast of sea spray."
--Publishers Weekly

"He keeps [a] musing quality alive in these pieces, as he struggles to convey the spirit that moves him: the edges are raw and unfiltered, as if he might be bouncing a notion or two off you while sitting around the galley table, with just enough buffing to add focus...artful."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Taken individually, the travel notes that follow recount many separate voyages. Taken together, they describe a single voyage--the same one that millions of us make as we seek to learn how this planet works and what our place in it should be."
--From the Preface

About the Author:

Myron Arms is a teacher, writer, and professional sailor who contributes regularly to Cruising World, Sail, and many other sailing and adventure magazines. Educated at both Yale and the Harvard Divinity School, he taught high school English for seven years before founding a sailing program for teenagers. As a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed ocean master since 1977, he has voyaged more than 100,000 sea miles and has led seven sail-training expeditions to northern Canada, Greenland, and the Arctic. He lives with his wife, Kay, on a farm overlooking the Sassafras River on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

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