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review Floating Gold: A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris 109 By sperm whales which have a fondness for suid but an inability to digest their beaks ambergris is expelled at sea and floats on ocean currents for years slowly transforming before it sometimes washes ashore looking like a nondescript waxy pebble It can appear almost anywhere but is found so rarely it might as well appear nowhere Kemp's journey begins with an encounter on a New Zealand beach with a giant lump of faux ambergris determined after much excitement to nothingexotic than lard that inspires a comprehensive uest to seek out ambergris and its story He takes us from the wild rocky New Zealand coastline to Stewart. I devoured this book in one weekend the author tells a truly riveting tale describing his own journey from near complete ignorance of the subject to being something of an expert On the way he brings the reader through a continuing adventure story both historical and modern day complete with treasure hunters ancient and secretive businesses veiled and overt threats and scientific interest I generally enjoy books that trace the history of some particular valuable substance Vanilla Tea or Chocolate for example and this one is a fine example of the genre Also I think the chosen subject is uite possibly the weirdest one ever which adds to the interest It is almost enough to make one want to don the anorak and head to the beach just after high tide in the winter the stormier the better well almostHighly recommended Voyages dans l'Europe des villes durables : Exposé des premiers projets urbains remarquables réalisés dans la perspective du développement durable pebble It can appear almost anywhere but is found so rarely it might as well appear nowhere Kemp's journey begins with an encounter on a New Zealand beach with a giant lump of faux ambergris determined after much excitement to nothingexotic than lard that inspires a comprehensive uest to seek out ambergris and its story He takes us from the wild rocky New Zealand coastline to Stewart. I devoured this book in one weekend the author tells a truly riveting tale describing his own journey from near complete ignorance of the subject to being something of an expert On the way he brings the reader through a continuing adventure story both historical and modern day complete with treasure hunters ancient and secretive businesses veiled and overt threats and scientific interest I generally enjoy books that trace the history of some B-ZONE-BECOMING EUROPE AND BEYOND particular valuable substance Vanilla Tea or Chocolate for example and this one is a fine example of the genre Also I think the chosen subject is uite Living in Rome possibly the weirdest one ever which adds to the interest It is almost enough to make one want to don the anorak and head to the beach just after high tide in the winter the stormier the better well almostHighly recommended

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review Floating Gold: A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris 109 Preternaturally hardened whale dung is not the first image that comes to mind when we think of perfume otherwise a symbol of glamour and allure But the key ingredient that makes the sophisticated scent linger on the skin is precisely this bizarre digestive by product ambergris Despite being one of the world's most expensive substances its value is nearly that of gold and has at times in history been triple it ambergris is also one of the world's least known But with this unusual and highly alluring book Christopher Kemp promises to change that by uncovering the uniue history of ambergris A rare secretion produced only. Tr s bon sujet bien travaill bon bouuin pour les accros l alpha ambrinol et au gammadihydroiononeJe recommande la lecture de floating golf Baroque Architecture: 1600-1750 (Langue anglaise) perfume otherwise a symbol of glamour and allure But the key ingredient that makes the sophisticated scent linger on the skin is Bruxelles, la Belgique et l'Europe : Un urbanisme cosmopolite precisely this bizarre digestive by Scenes of The World To Come (Beaux livres) product ambergris Despite being one of the world's most expensive substances its value is nearly that of gold and has at times in history been triple it ambergris is also one of the world's least known But with this unusual and highly alluring book Christopher Kemp Young European Architects promises to change that by uncovering the uniue history of ambergris A rare secretion Top Jeunes architectes européens produced only. Tr s bon sujet bien travaill bon bouuin Pier Carlo Bontempi: A New Public Square pour les accros l alpha ambrinol et au gammadihydroiononeJe recommande la lecture de floating golf

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review Floating Gold: A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris 109 Island a remote windswept island in the southern seas to Boston and Cape Cod and back again Along the way he tracks down the secretive collectors and traders who populate the clandestine modern day ambergris trade Floating Gold is an entertaining and lively history that covers not only these precious gray lumps and those who covet them but presents a highly informative account of the natural history of whales suid ocean ecology and even a history of the perfume industry Kemp's obsessive curiosity is infectious and eager readers will feel as though they have stumbled upon a precious bounty of this intriguing substance. A most unusual book about an unusual substance Christopher Kemp shares his passion and enthusiam to find out about ambergris excreted by the sperm whale His descriptive passages many set on the beaches of New Zealand make interesting reading His many visits to museums to obtain first hand knowledge and actual smell a real specimen result in one almost experiencing the fragrance His persistence in uncovering the background to the world wide marketing of the the substance reveals a flourishing trade kept out of the public domain Well written this book is recommended both for the scientific reader and the layman