In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea

The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

Book - 2000
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From the author of the New York Times bestselling, Valiant Ambition , the riveting and critically acclaimed bestseller and a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, directed by Ron Howard

"With its huge, scarred head halfway out of the water and its tail beating the ocean into a white-water wake more than forty feet across, the whale approached the ship at twice its original speed--at least six knots. With a tremendous cracking and splintering of oak, it struck the ship just beneath the anchor secured at the cat-head on the port bow. . ."

In the Heart of the Sea brings to new life the incredible story of the wreck of the whaleship Essex--an event as mythic in its own century as the Titanic disaster in ours, and the inspiration for the climax of Moby-Dick. In a harrowing page-turner, Nathaniel Philbrick restores this epic story to its rightful place in American history.

In 1820, the 240-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, it was repeatedly rammed and sunk by an eighty-ton bull sperm whale. Its twenty-man crew, fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, made for the 3,000-mile-distant coast of South America in three tiny boats. During ninety days at sea under horrendous conditions, the survivors clung to life as one by one, they succumbed to hunger, thirst, disease, and fear.

In the Heart of the Sea tells perhaps the greatest sea story ever. Philbrick interweaves his account of this extraordinary ordeal of ordinary men with a wealth of whale lore and with a brilliantly detailed portrait of the lost, unique community of Nantucket whalers. Impeccably researched and beautifully told, the book delivers the ultimate portrait of man against nature, drawing on a remarkable range of archival and modern sources, including a long-lost account by the ship's cabin boy. At once a literary companion and a page-turner that speaks to the same issues of class, race, and man's relationship to nature that permeate the works of Melville, In the Heart of the Sea will endure as a vital work of American history.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2000
ISBN: 9780670891573
0670891576
Branch Call Number: 910.9164 Phi 3558
Characteristics: 302 p

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twinklebear25
Jun 14, 2016

Its a incredible story of men and sea and survival. i found it spell bond and could not put down till the end. It make you want to also read Moby Dick to see how this book influenced a man to make Moby Dick to tell the story with a different view.

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becker
Apr 16, 2015

Incredible survival story and a page turning read.

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sess430
Aug 23, 2013

This is a gripping & horrifying story of survival of the ship-wrecked sailors in the Pacific Ocean that took place in 1820 after the Essex was attacked by a whale. I read online that Ron Howard is set to begin filming the story in September. I'm not sure I'll have the courage to see the horror enacted on the big screen.

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