The Whalesong Trilogy: All Three Books [NOOK Book]

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The Whalesong Trilogy together in one easy-to-read omnibus, including:

WHALESONG (#1)
The play of light and shadow, sea and sky; tropical breezes and the chill breath of arctic ice mountains; the mystery of Leviathan, greatest of all God's creatures, of endless undersea caverns, of krill beds stretching miles in all directions and hundreds of fathoms deep, of the Ice at the End of the World, of the haunting ...
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The Whalesong Trilogy: All Three Books

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Overview

The Whalesong Trilogy together in one easy-to-read omnibus, including:

WHALESONG (#1)
The play of light and shadow, sea and sky; tropical breezes and the chill breath of arctic ice mountains; the mystery of Leviathan, greatest of all God's creatures, of endless undersea caverns, of krill beds stretching miles in all directions and hundreds of fathoms deep, of the Ice at the End of the World, of the haunting song of the humpback whale. And "sehnsucht," that insatiable longing wakened by the siren song of the sea, calling us back to its dark depths: these are the elements woven into a tapestry of wonder and enchantment by Robert Siegel.

Here is the story of Hruna the humpback whale, from birth marked for greatness by his size and courage. As days of carefree frolicking give way to adolescence, Hruna prepares for the Lonely Cruise, the rite of passage into adulthood, by visiting the Great Whale who lives on the ocean floor. There he learns the myth of origins and receives his true name in preparation for the swift adventures and narrow escapes that propel him into the ultimate challenge of leading his pod of whales in a desperate fight for survival.


WHITE WHALE (#2)
Whalesong introduced Hruna, a humpback whale, in an ecological parable of personal and spiritual growth. Now, in WHITE WHALE, meet Hruna's son, Hralekana, and enter a deep sea world that dazzles and delights.

As he swims the oceans of the world, Hralekana, a magnificent great white whale, recounts his birth and frolicsome childhood—how he was teased for being all white, how he soon outgrew all his playmates, and how he came to discover the other inhabitants of the sea. He share traditional whale legends and warnings: to beware of great white sharks, killer whales, the giant squid, and most especially, humans, who sometimes capture sea creatures and make them perform strange games to earn their food—something that only dolphins, as natural show-offs, actually enjoy.

Growing and learning his pod's feeding, mating, and migration habits, Hralekana is introduced to their moving and mysterious means of communication, such as the Song of Farewell, the Song of the Hunt, and the Song of Distant Love.

Embarking on the Lonely Cruise, a yearling's rite of passage, Hralekana experiences the adolescent's fear and exhilaration as he sings the Song of the Open Sea. His adventures expose him to dangerous oil spills, frightening visions of the wreck of the Titanic, a kind and ecologically concerned human whom he befriends, and finally, a terrifying encounter with the dark side of humanity.

From his carefree childhood to the dramatic challenges of his adulthood, Hralekana's trials, triumphs, and laughter contain lessons on love, nature, and sacrifice, for him and for the rest of us.


THE ICE AT THE END OF THE WORLD (#3)
In The Ice at the End of the World, Robert Siegel brings the Whalesong trilogy to an exciting conclusion as Hralekana, the white humpback whale, and his human friend, Mark, struggle to prevent a nuclear catastrophe. Like the two previous books in the trilogy, this captivating tale evokes for readers of all ages the rich poetry of whales sea, and sky.

(Includes a clickable Table of Contents.)



**Acclaim for the novels of Robert Siegel**

"Whalesong is one of those rare and wondrous things, a book which is born a classic. Robert Siegel has become one with the great song of the humpback whale, and the reader is drawn into the song with him. Hruna's tale of birth and life and terror and sacrifice and joy has the quality of true myth. Whalesong is an utterly beautiful book."
—Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time

"Siegel's tales have the magic of Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia and the lyric majesty of Thoreau's prose."
—Library Journal

"It is almost as if Moby Dick was scaled down and re-written from the viewpoint of the whale."
—Fantasy Review
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Editorial Reviews

Richard Eberhart
"I was enthralled by Whalesong. Robert Siegel's book is a short masterpiece of imaginative fiction that should be read by every American. It should be read by every whale, which is to say that Siegel has humanized these greatest of earthly creatures, has made them talk, feel, and act like us, under the aegis of their singing. This is a masterful work combining mythology, philosophy, and poetry in a story that is exciting and convincing."
—Richard Eberhart, winner of the Pulitzer Prize
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013828568
  • Publisher: Greenhill & Burns
  • Publication date: 12/9/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,201,254
  • File size: 1,010 KB

Meet the Author

Robert Siegel is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction. His poetry includes A Pentecost of Finches: New and Selected Poems, The Waters Under the Earth, The Beasts & The Elders and In a Pig's Eye, and he has received prizes and awards from Poetry, Prairie Schooner, The Transatlantic Review, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and the Atlantic Monthly. His fiction includes Alpha Centauri and the Whalesong trilogy, which received the Golden Archer and Matson awards.
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    Posted June 12, 2012

    A wonderful, timeless collection of three fantastic novels about

    A wonderful, timeless collection of three fantastic novels about the ocean depths. You will love these books!

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