In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea : The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex


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From the author of the forthcoming book, "Valiant Ambition," the riveting and critically acclaimed bestseller, soon to be a major motion picture on December 11, 2015, directed by Ron Howard Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson will star in a new film based on this National Book Award winning account of the true events behind "Moby Dick." In 1820, the whaleship "Essex "was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale, leaving the desperate crew to drift for more than ninety days in three tiny boats. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents and vivid details about the Nantucket whaling tradition to reveal the chilling facts of this infamous maritime disaster. "In the Heart of the Sea" and now, its epic adaptation for the screen will forever place the "Essex "tragedy in the American historical canon."

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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0141001828
  • 9780141001821
  • 19,991

About Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of "In the Heart of the Sea," winner of the National Book Award; "Mayflower," finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; "Bunker Hill," winner of the New England Book Award;" Sea of Glory"; "The Last Stand"; "Why Read Moby Dick?"; and "Away Off Shore." He lives in Nantucket.

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"A book that gets in your bones...Philbrick has created an eerie thriller from a centuries old tale....Scrupulously researched and eloquently would have earned Melville's admiration." The New York Times Book Review"Fascinating...One of our country's great adventure stories...when it comes to extremes, In the Heart of the Sea is right there." The Wall Street Journal"Spellbinding." Time"[Told] with verve and authenticity...a classic tale of the sea." San Francisco Chronicle"Nathaniel Philbrick has taken one of the most horrifying stories in maritime history and turned it into a classic....One of the most chilling books I have ever read." Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm

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Table of contents

In the Heart of the Sea - Nathaniel Philbrick Preface: February 23, 1821 Crew of the Essex Chapter One: Nantucket Chapter Two: Knockdown Chapter Three: First Blood Chapter Four: The Lees of Fire Chapter Five: The Attack Chapter Six: The Plan Chapter Seven: At Sea Chapter Eight: Centering Down Chapter Nine: The Island Chapter Ten: The Whisper of Necessity Chapter Eleven: Games of Chance Chapter Twelve: In the Eagle's Shadow Chapter Thirteen: Homecoming Chapter Fourteen: Consequences Epilogue: Bones Notes Select Bibliography Acknowledgments Index

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Customer reviews

Did I enjoy this book: I did. It was long and detailed. I read it over the course of six weeks where I put the book down to read some lighter comedy or chick lit. But the book continued to beckon my attention. describes In the Heart of the Sea as the, �??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�???true life horror that inspired Moby Dick.�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�??? Indeed, Melville himself documented in his masterpiece meeting the Captain of the Essex and described him as, �??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�???the most impressive man . . . that I ever encountered.�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�??? Ok -enough with the name dropping. This book gets off to a slow start but mightily rewards the reader who sticks it out to the end. Great stories force us to examine some aspect of ourselves, our beliefs, and/or the culture around us. In the Heart of the Sea deals with the depths of human suffering and ultimately how we survive the unsurvivable. This novel sails somewhere south of Viktor Frankl�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢s Man�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢s Search for Meaning but never quite reaches the depths of depravity that we see in Joseph Conrad�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢s Heart of Darkness. But that undefinable grey area frequently described as �??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�???situational morality�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�??? makes this story memorable and worth exploring. Would I recommend it: Yes. Will I read it again: I will not. As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviewsshow more
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