The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus Any fan of Jacques Cousteau's underseas films knows the legendary explorer was a master storyteller. The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus , finished before… The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus Any fan of Jacques Cousteau's underseas films knows the legendary explorer was a master storyteller. The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus , finished before… 2007-10-30 Nonfiction Science and Technology Bloomsbury
Book Review

The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus (2007)

The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Oct 30, 2007; Writer: Jacques Cousteau; Genres: Nonfiction, Science and Technology; Publisher: Bloomsbury

Any fan of Jacques Cousteau's underseas films knows the legendary explorer was a master storyteller. The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus, finished before his '97 death, is classic Cousteau. His stories exhilarate, whether he's being targeted by a shark in a ''dance of death'' or finding ''a lifeless Hades where no visible creature survived'' while diving near Mexico. Chapters on religion and humanity's future feel out of place, but you can't fault a man who wrote ''no number of explanation points could possibly describe my sense of wonder when...I've not only witnessed life's miracles but mingled with them.'' B+

Originally posted Nov 05, 2007 Published in issue #964 Nov 16, 2007 Order article reprints