The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare
“Unpredictable and amusing and informative and original, cavorting between biology, history, travel writing, and memoir.”
The Whale by Philip Hoare is a enthralling and eye-opening literary leviathan swimming in similar bestselling waters as Cod and The Secret Life of Lobsters. Winner of the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction, The Whale is a lively travelogue through the history, literature, and lore of the king of the sea—the remarkable mammals that we human beings have long been fascinated with, from Moby Dick to Free Willy. Bestselling author and naturalist Bernd Heinrich calls it, “a moving and extraordinary book,” and Hoare’s sparkling account of swimming with these incredible behemoths will delight whale and wildlife aficionados, lovers of the sea and sea stories, as well as the socially and environmentally conscious reader.
Philip Hoare is the author of biographies of Stephen Tennant and Noël Coward and the historical studies Wilde's Last Stand, Spike Island and England's Lost Eden. He is also the writer and presenter of the BBC Arena film, The Hunt for Moby-Dick. He lives in Southampton, England.
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More than 1 year ago
This is one of those rare books that, as a reader, you hope never ends. It is teeming with fascinating information about whales, presented in an extremely creative and interesting manner by an author who obviously has a profound knowledge and understanding of his subject. It also explores the life of Herman Melville and the writing of Moby Dick, one of the greatest American novels. In doing so, the author also shares his candid and insightful observations of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Nantucket, Cape Cod and other cities, towns and places that have been closely associated with the enormously treacherous and dangerous pursuit of this truly amazing animal.
A "Whale of a Book".......highly recommended.....
More than 1 year ago
It's a good book, but I was hoping for more information on whales than a biography on Herman Melville.