'The ocean scooped up into our living rooms'

The Telegraph's Phillip Hoare reviews The Ocean at Home: An Illustrated History of the Aquarium.

'The aquarium is a microcosm of the sea, a bit of the ocean scooped up into our living rooms. 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.'

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