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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (2000)

by Nathaniel Philbrick

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In 1819, the 238-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage to hunt whales. Fifteen months later the Essex was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale. Fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, the 20-man crew set out in three small boats for South America, almost 3,000 miles away. Three months later, only eight were left alive. This book shares a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, steeped in the lore of the whaling tradition, with deep resonance in literature and American history, SOFT
  JRCornell | Jan 29, 2019 |
I loved the book and thought it a great story and historical work. I also felt as I was reading it sounded familiar then I realized Life of PI sounded very similar to the story of the Essex.

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  cfulton20 | Dec 5, 2018 |
I loved the book and thought it a great story and historical work. I also felt as I was reading it sounded familiar then I realized Life of PI sounded very similar to the story of the Essex.

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  cfulton20 | Dec 5, 2018 |
el hombre se cree poseedor de la naturaleza y en busca de aceite de ballena se va a explorar al mar, sin saber que clase de animales marítimos existen ( )
  jose01 | Nov 16, 2018 |
A well written account of the almost 3 month and 2,500 mile journey of the crew of the Essex in their attempt to reach Chile in whale boats after being stove by a large sperm whale. This is the basis for Moby-Dick. Learned alot and became very appreciateive of the food on my plate and the firm ground beneath my feet. I also now want to go to Nantucket. ( )
  JBreedlove | Aug 31, 2018 |
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Epigraph
And in the greatness of thine excellency thou has over-
thrown them that rose up against thee: Thou sentest
forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble. And
with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered to-
gether, the floods stood upright as a heap, and the
depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.

-EXODUS 15:7-8

This is the end of the whaleroad and the whale
Who spewed Nantucket bones in the thrashed swell....
This is the end of running on the waves;
We are poured out like water. Who will dance
The mast-lashed masters of Leviathans
Up from this field of Quakers in their unstoned graves?

-ROBERT LOWELL,
"The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket"
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To Melissa
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Like a giant bird of prey, the whaleship moved lazily up the western coast of South America, zigging and zagging across a living sea of oil.
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Please do not combine with Revenge of the Whale which is an adaptation for younger readers of In the Heart of the Sea.
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In 1819, the 238-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage to hunt whales. Fifteen months later the Essex was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale. Fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, the 20-man crew set out in three small boats for South America, almost 3,000 miles away. Three months later, only eight were left alive. This book shares a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, steeped in the lore of the whaling tradition, with deep resonance in literature and American history, and in the life of the Nantucket community. - Back cover.… (more)

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