Read "In the Heart of the Sea The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex" by Nathaniel Philbrick available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw, and Brendan Gleeson, and directed by Ron Howard. An intense and mesmerizing read, In the Heart of the Sea is a monumental work of history forever placing the Essex tragedy in the American. Get personalized recommendations and earn points toward a free book! “Nathaniel Philbrick has taken one of the most horrifying stories in maritime history and turned it into a ruthenpress.info of the most chilling books I have ever read.”–Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm.
|Language:||English, Spanish, Japanese|
|Genre:||Fiction & Literature|
|Distribution:||Free* [*Register to download]|
Click here. cover image of In the Heart of the Sea. Read A Sample. In the Heart of the Sea. The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. by Nathaniel Philbrick. ebook. Editorial Reviews. ruthenpress.info Review. The appeal of Dava Sobel's Longitude was, in part, Advanced Search · Kindle Store; ›; Kindle eBooks; ›; History. Editorial Reviews. ruthenpress.info Review. The appeal of Dava Sobel's Longitude was, in part, eBook features: Highlight, take notes, and search in the book; In this edition, page numbers are just like the physical edition; Length: pages; Word Wise.
Nathaniel Philbrick. Valiant Ambition: In the Hurricane's Eye: Reading the World: Ideas That Matter Third Edition. Michael Austin. Dava Sobel.
Editorial Reviews site. Nathaniel Philbrick 's In the Heart of the Sea is certainly cast from the same mold, examining the 19th-century Pacific whaling industry through the arc of the sinking of the whaleship Essex by a boisterous sperm whale. The story that inspired Herman Melville's classic Moby-Dick has a lot going for it--derring-do, cannibalism, rescue--and Philbrick proves an amiable and well-informed narrator, providing both context and detail.
We learn about the importance and mechanics of blubber production--a vital source of oil--and we get the nuts and bolts of harpooning and life aboard whalers.
We are spared neither the nitty-gritty of open boats nor the sucking of human bones dry. In , a whaling ship came upon a small boat off the coast of Chile containing two deranged men surrounded by human bones that they alternately chewed and clutched to their shriveled bodies.
See all Editorial Reviews. Product details File Size: Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Book Series. Is this feature helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Share your thoughts with other customers.
Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention moby dick heart of the sea whaling industry whaleship essex nathaniel philbrick true story herman melville well written south america pacific ocean highly recommend well researched owen chase cabin boy ship essex great read thomas nickerson nantucket whaling nineteenth century high seas. Showing of 1, reviews.
Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Paperback Verified download. 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 was so bored. But, at 17 years old, I had not yet found my favorite genre: 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.
Kindle Edition Verified download. 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: 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: This tale is filled with horrific suffering, endured by both whales and shipmen alike.
I knew the outlines of the story of the Essex from reading Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America. What was most interesting to me was the story of how the crew dealt with the event, their tenacity, ability to endure enormous suffering, and willingness to follow leaders, even leaders with very different skill sets.
Lots of revealing detail about the community of Nantucket, the construction of the ships, how the crews were assembled of novice and veteran whalers, the sheer enormity of the task of finding, killing, rendering whales and sailing these relatively small, relatively fragile ships thousands of miles into unknown waters.
These were courageous, if not desperate, men. Hardcover Verified download. 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.
I myself am a merchant seaman, and chose this book out of a list of potentials for my time at sea. I'm extremely glad I did.
This book is very true to life, and will give readers with no knowledge of the maritime professions, as well as readers who have spent a life at sea nearly equal depth into every aspect that this book builds its self upon. The book starts by immersing you in the era of whale fishing, and the lifestyle of those living in, and sailing out of Nantucket on a personal level.
Then it builds up characters individually, making you feel like you've actually met them.
Next it builds up very graphic depictions of sailing, the hunt, and processing a whale. When tragedy strikes, the descriptions manage to get even more in depth.
As a reader, although I did not feel that I would have made the same decisions as the various characters, I felt I could sympathize with them, and understand why they chose the way they did. I'm not an avid reader, but this book was well worth the read. It really allows the imagination to take over to make the reader feel as though they are right there in the same boat, and part of the same crew.
See all 1, reviews.
site Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about site Giveaway. Successfully reported this slideshow. We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads.
You can change your ad preferences anytime. Upcoming SlideShare. Like this presentation? Why not share! An annual anal Embed Size px. Start on. Show related SlideShares at end. WordPress Shortcode. Published in: Full Name Comment goes here. Are you sure you want to Yes No. Be the first to like this. No Downloads. Views Total views. Actions Shares.
Embeds 0 No embeds. No notes for slide. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex to download this book the link is on the last page 2.