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The Whale : In Search of the Giants of the Sea

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"Unpredictable and amusing and informative and original, cavorting between biology, history, travel writing, and memoir."

--Mark Kurlansky



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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 453 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 33.02mm | 385.55g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Maps; Line drawings, black and white; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061976202
  • 9780061976209
  • 105,377

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A wonderful read!... Hoare magnificently weaves together his own experiences with stories about literary giants whose writings were inspired by whales Melville, Hawthone, and Thoreau and he captures the utter beauty, size, and power of the whale. --Lynne Cox, author of GRAYSON"
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Back cover copy

From his childhood fascination with the gigantic Natural History Museum model of a blue whale, to his abiding love of Moby-Dick, to his adult encounters with the living animals in the Atlantic Ocean, the acclaimed writer Philip Hoare has been obsessed with whales. The Whale is his unforgettable and moving attempt to explain why these strange and beautiful animals exert such a powerful hold on our imagination.
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Rating details

2,046 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (762)
3 20% (418)
2 7% (140)
1 2% (37)
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