THE OCEAN AT HOME - AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE AQUARIUM
USA/UK: Reaktion Books, Germany: Wagenbach, Japan: Hakusui-sha, China: Jiangsu Education Publishing House
"Public and private, amateur and professional, Brunner's illustrated history of marine and freshwater aquaria is a history indeed. ... His cultured but unpretentious style carries with it a real sense of the Victorian drawing room"
The Times Literary Supplement (cover review)
"Nineteenth-century displays now look almost mundane, amounting to mere arrays of tanks on table. But as Bernd Brunner shows in an elegant recent book, The Ocean at Home, the sense of visiting another realm was still palpable."
Edward Rothstein, The New York Times
"Fascinating. Engaging, well researched"
Zahid Sardar, San Francisco Chronicle
"A slim and informative study, well-paced and surprisingly pleasing"
David Takami, The Seattle Times
"Bernd Brunner's slim but fascinating and beautifully illustrated book sets out to explore the history of this phenomenon, which he memorably describes as "Noah's ark in reverse". In the process, Brunner, a German writer of measured, slyly humorous tones, reveals much about how we relate to our greater environment."
Philip Hoare, The Telegraph
"A fantastic book."
Julia Voss, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"In a style both thoroughly enjoyable and rich in anecdotes the author describes the birth of the aquarium out of the spirit of the courtly cabinet of curiosities and bourgeois curiosity."
Thomas Köster, NZZ am Sonntag
"A marvelous cultural history."
Florian Welle, Süddeutsche Zeitung
"An intriguing history of this peculiarly English subject."
PD Smith, The Guardian
"Brunner turns to the common aquarium and finds an electrifying nexus of human obsessions - with cabinets and curiosities, a passion for exploration and scientific discovery and an abiding fear of (and love for) the ocean. His book begins, as his others do, in myth and ends in fact."
Nick Owshar, The Los Angeles Times
"A pleasure to hold and behold ... It stands as a little jewel on the shelf."
Lynn K. Nyhart, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
"The Ocean at Home' beautifully fills an important gap in social as well as in natural history."