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

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From the author of Mayflower and Valiant Ambition, the riveting bestseller tells the story of the true events that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick. Winner of the National Book Award, Nathaniel Philbrick's book is a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, steeped in the lore of whaling, with deep resonance in American literature and history. 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, recently adapted into a major feature film starring Chris Hemsworth, is a book for the ages.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 302 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
  • 48,098

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"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 "A book that gets in your bones...Philbrick has created an eerie thriller from a centuries old tale....Scrupulously researched and eloquently written...it would have earned Melville's admiration." The New York Times Book Review "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 Stormshow more

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, Valiant Ambition; Sea of Glory; The Last Stand; Why Read Moby Dick?; and Away Off Shore. He lives in Nantucket.show more

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"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"A book that gets in your bones...Philbrick has created an eerie thriller from a centuries old tale....Scrupulously researched and eloquently written...it would have earned Melville's admiration." The New York Times Book Review"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 Stormshow more

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 Indexshow more

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62,177 ratings
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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. Smithsonian.com 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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