Journey to the End of the Whale

Journey to the End of the Whale

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For Daniel Serraz, born on a ferry in the Straits of Malacca, orphaned two years later when his parents are lost at sea, the world beneath the waves holds an irresistible fascination. Raised in Geneva by his hydrophobic grandmother, his boyish imagination stirred by the local pet-shop's aquaria, Daniel free-floats with life's currents into a career in insurance and marriage to Japanese interpreter Kozue. But ominous truths are re-surfacing, bound up with the legend of his whale-hunter great-grandfather and his parents' disappearance off the Indonesian coast. When calamity scars his marriage and devastates his health, at the risk of his own survival, Daniel pursues his sea-borne destiny to the far-flung island of Lefo, where whales are still hunted by century-old methods and native superstition tells of a mythical makhluk istimewa, an 'extraordinary creature' still inhabiting the surrounding seas.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 26mm | 240.41g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753820889
  • 9780753820889
  • 1,739,808

About John David Morley

John David Morley is the critically acclaimed author of Pictures from the Water Trade - an Englishman in Japan, and The Feast of Fools ('the glittering prose is enchanting' - The Times)show more

Review quote

'John David Morley almost died in order to write this book, and the palpable authenticity of the experiences recounted within its pages renders it extraordinarily potent... A stunning and unique work.' GUARDIAN (5/8/06) 'The novel's account of the community's rituals, routines and age-old whaling skills definitely gets its hooks into you.' SUNDAY TIMES (6/8/06) 'John David Morley's captivating and obviously very thoroughly researched novel... The measured and subtle novel climaxes spectacularly in a whale hunt.' 4 stars INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY (27/8/06)show more

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3 42% (8)
2 5% (1)
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