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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 the Heart of the Sea PDF
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.
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Nathaniel Philbrick grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned a BA in English from Brown University and an MA in America Literature from Duke University, where he was a James B. Duke Fellow. He was Brown University’s first Intercollegiate All-American sailor in 1978, the same year he won the Sunfish North Americans in Barrington, RI. After working as an editor at Sailing World magazine, he wrote and edited several books about sailing, including The Passionate Sailor, Second Wind, and Yaahting: A Parody.
In 1986, Philbrick moved to Nantucket with his wife Melissa and their two children. In 1994, he published his first book about the island’s history, Away Off Shore, followed by a study of the Nantucket’s native legacy, Abram’s Eyes. He was the founding director of Nantucket’s Egan Maritime Institute and is still a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association.
In 2000, Philbrick published the New York Times bestseller In the Heart of the Sea, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction. The book is the basis of the forthcoming Warner Bros. motion picture “Heart of the Sea,” directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Benjamin Walker, Ben Wishaw, and Tom Holland, which is scheduled for release in March, 2015. The book also inspired a 2001 Dateline special on NBC as well as the 2010 two-hour PBS American Experience film “Into the Deep” by Ric Burns.
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- Identification Number : B000OZ0NWQ
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Reissue edition (May 1, 2001)
- Publication date : May 1, 2001
- Language : English
- File size : 21988 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
- Bookname: In the Heart of the Sea PDF
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,303 in Kindle Store
For those who love history!
January 18, 2016
I’m not here to necessarily review the book – as several people have already expressed what a great story this is – but rather I’m here to say thank you to Nathaniel Philbrick and all other non-fiction writers who have taken the time to research amazing real life events and place that information into a gripping, factual account that somehow still reads like a novel. I’m a high school history teacher who loves all kinds of history, but was never really interested in the whaling culture found on Nantucket Island, per se. But after having read an article about the book in my Smithsonian Magazine, I was instantly gripped. I had no idea that Moby Dick was based on a real event. When I was in high school, my dad challenged me to read Moby Dick. I think he actually said he would give me $100 to finish it – and even with the cash reward – I couldn’t do it. I was so bored. But, at 17 years old, I had not yet found my favorite genre: historical non-fiction. Now as an adult, and obviously because I teach the subject, I have become a voracious reader of non-fiction books, and having just consumed this one, I can tell you it was well-written and paced beautifully. In between the story of the Essex were lots of little tidbit type facts about the whaling industry in general as well as other very famous and not-so-famous stove ships and evidences of survival induced cannibalism. Very interesting book. I’ll be looking for another Philbrick book to read right after I post this review.
Carl W. Hoffman
A tale of man’s sins in the ocean, and the tragedy that might have befitted them
January 3, 2021
This book is a timeless tale about a ship’s journey into the our endless oceans in quest of exploiting whales, and the tragedy that followed, which inspired the classic Moby Dick. The time and place is Nantucket in the early 19th century, during the height of the whaling industry, when sailing ships would go out across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to kill whales and bring whale oil back to shore for profit. This is a time and place I knew nothing about, and the author does a masterful job of weaving non-fiction background information into the narrative of this incredible and almost unbelievable true survival story. I would call him ‘Barbara Tuchman light’, as he is in the same genre but stay away from dense and dry political paragraphs, and sticks to the adventure. His descriptions of Nantucket, its cultural and economic pecking order, and the (sometimes conflicting) morals of the Quakers serve the reader well to more fully understand the time and place during which this occurred. It was America as a young nation, striving to prove its place in the world, and Nantucket and its whaling industry were front and center to this endeavor. Philbrick doesn’t shy away from the horror of this endeavor: the brutal kiling of whales is described in detail. Also important and compelling is the background provided about racism in America at that time, still a slave nation: although the Quakers prided themselves on being racially just, African Americans were, in fact, second class citizens even among the Quakers, which ultimately proves fatal for them in the context of this story. This book inspired me to plan to read Moby Dick in addition to the Mayflower, another book by the author. I also bought his book called ‘Ben’s Revolution’, which is a children’s book about the battle of Bunker Hill.
Riveting and Extremely Graphic
January 29, 2016
Almost from the very beginning, the author spins together letters, partially-written accounts and log book entries– along with his own research– into a tale that is difficult to put down. Descriptions of shipwrecked sailors’ dehydration and starvation are not for the faint of heart; furthermore, it was difficult not to squirm when attention turned to the grisly matter of ‘harvesting’ human flesh and doling it out amongst survivors. But a single detail refrains: in almost all accounts listed, sailors and shipmen appeared surprised and indignant when their quarry began to fight back. More than a few were bitter about these retaliations, ruminating upon them as they drifted helplessly in stranded whale-boats. But given the violent and extremely bloody methods used to dispatch a whale during that time period (first harpooning them, then rowing alongside to slash at tender tendons near the tail if they failed to succumb right away), the reason should be obvious: whales are extremely intelligent mammals with complex relationships and the same right to protect their pods and youngsters as any other creature. This tale is filled with horrific suffering, endured by both whales and shipmen alike.
Peter A. Hutchinson
The Truth Behind The Fish Story
January 12, 2017
Most readers now probably know that the destruction of the whaling ship Essex by a very large whale was a source for Herman Melville’s great novel “Moby Dick”. Without invidious comparison, it might be said that Mr. Philbrick picks up where Melville left off. He offers a fascinating and very real account — and aftermath– of the dramatic and dumbfounding event that actually happens at the end of Moby Dick as a masterwork of American literature. Philbrick draws from the accounts of Essex survivors and the realities of the whaling industry and its wooden ship world. It’s a tough world, and Philbrick brings its details and people alive, which they once were, in a straightforward work of reportage as to what happened not only to a ship but to its people suddenly stranded in the middle of an ocean.
If you’ve read Melville– either recently or some time ago, as I– you owe it to yourself to know something more of his source and to find out “how it all ends”. If you read Philbrick first you may learn all you want and forego jumping into Melville’s turbulent sea, with its
undercurrents of Biblical doubt, human and animal vengeance and much else. But you’re more likely to sign onto Melville’s fateful voyage better prepared for what might be in store for you along with Ishmael and Quee Queg in Cap’n Ahab’s crew. “Heart of the Sea” is fast-moving and thorough, its narrative of real events as strange and dramatic as anything a novelist could imagine — or make use of.
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