A Survival Guide for Landlocked Mermaids

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-04-01
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
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The landlocked mermaid is a symbol of the contemporary woman, trapped in a paradoxical dilemma of being part worldly and domesticated, part untamable andintuitive. InA Survival Guide for Landlocked Mermaids, artist Margot Datz sees the she-nymph within, struggling to emerge, and in a swirl of whimsical and witt y wisdom, lovingly off ers tips for today's world of dating, mating, and beyond. Margot's beautifully painted, contemporary mermaids are caught in the nets of their own comical dilemmas, circling the heart's fi shbowl of romantic longings and in the murky depths of deep emotion. Whether it's the value of cultivating an inner water garden or coping with crow's-feet and fish tails, Margot off ers graceful advice and an enchanting way of hydrating your weary mermaid soul. Coy, sweetly mischievous, and a pinch sagacious, this is a book that, like agood glass of wine, can be enjoyed multiple times, sipped on, or downed in one reading.


Excerpted from the introduction

What drove us from our watery sanctuary onto dry land? Like other sea life, mermaids were evolving too. And mermen had become quite rare, private, and in great demand. When mermaids tried to expand their mating options, enticing men into their aquatic territory, the poor fellows had a tendency to sink, rendering them, sadly, rather dead. So we mermaids abandoned our natural psychic habitat to seek mates on shore, and we have been like fish out of water ever since.

We've adapted admirably to our landlocked circumstances, mastering most of the skills of landfolk, and managing, with much effort, to "fit in." But the mermaid within longs to slip on her tail from time to time and vanish beneath the curl of a breaker, leaving behind her unwashed dishes. We yearn to be fully immersed in the weightless world of our free spirit's true home, where our playful natures return to us with each sweep of our fantails, and protocol is silenced by a far more joyful call of the sea. We want to be refreshed, to remember, to find our way back to the part of us that is mostly ocean.

Some women have forgotten their primal origins and have donned the way of man, adjusting to civilization's formalities and institutions. Others recall their nature but feel alone and odd, veiling their restlessness and suppressing their impulses. Sighs wash over them like the lapping shores. There are, however, an increasing number of mermaids that are growing their tails back, and they know how to use them!

Excerpted from A Survival Guide for Landlocked Mermaids by Margot Datz
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