In the heart of the sea book review

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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick

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.

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 ships cabin boy.

At once a literary companion and a page-turner that speaks to the same issues of class, race, and mans relationship to nature that permeate the works of Melville, In the Heart of the Sea will endure as a vital work of American history.
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Along with those stories, the book laid bare the intricacies of the whaling industry and the tight-knit community of Nantucket that formed its hub. And yet in the film adaptation, Howard and the screenwriter Charles Leavitt barely scratch the surface in two hours of plodding action. Owen, although more of a conventional hero as an orphaned outsider and veteran whale killer, is unfortunately one-dimensional, existing onscreen mostly to grit his teeth and shoot steely gazes at the ocean. When the crew finally encounters a monstrous whale, Chase is quickly dissuaded from bringing it down when it crashes into the ship and practically tears it in half. The audience knows things are going wrong, but not much more than that. Brief, quiet shots of the whale gliding by underwater or stalking its unwitting human prey, make more of an impact, but those moments end much too quickly. If a silent whale is your most magnetic screen presence, he should probably appear for more than a few minutes.

Registered in Ireland: Cast adrift in three small boats, the 20 survivors faced the full force of the elements, as well as further attacks from another, smaller whale as they were blown aimlessly across the tempestuous waves. Forced to eat the flesh of those who died, they veered between dehydration, starvation, and emotional despair as the weeks without rescue rolled up. At one point, they were forced to draw lots for who would next be killed and cannibalised. Finally, making landfall along the coast of Chile, the eight surviving crew had covered 4, nautical miles across the Pacific in those flimsy crafts, 1, miles further even than Captain Bligh after the mutiny on the infamous HMS Bounty. Running in tandem with the drama of the whale attacks and the dreadful fate of those shipwrecked sailors, Philbrick delves into the life of Nantucket as a centre of maritime commerce — the requirements needed to join the crew of a whaler, the conditions onboard the boats and the different kinds of whales that were chased.

The man in question, Thomas Nickerson, is only supposed to be in his mids at this point, but this being the rough times of the 19th century, he has prematurely aged into a gruff, cranky Brendan Gleeson. In real life, the two had served together for years on the Essex before being promoted, though this change is relatively small for a movie whose ending makes A Beautiful Mind seem factual in comparison. Hit early on by a squall—which begins as a painterly smear before swelling into extravagant waves of effects—the Essex finds itself still short of its sperm whale quota a year later, and sails for an unmapped part of the Pacific, where it will be rammed and sunk, forcing the survivors to spend months at sea. Here, Turner-esque horizons hover behind decks bloody with sperm whale brain matter, and a man swims from a burning shipwreck carrying muskets—bluntly symbolic of both violence and ingenuity—while fire and water, both elemental forces, square off behind him. The difference with his new film is that its s luster is in competition with an impressionistic palette of close-ups, creating a dynamic.

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This deadly true story of the 85' long, 80 ton whale attack on the Essex was not exactly what I expected, but oh so much more. It begins with background of Captain and crew, the unimaginable time spent away from home and how their wives coped in their absence often resorting to use of l. It begins with background of Captain and crew, the unimaginable time spent away from home and how their wives coped in their absence often resorting to use of laudanum, opium and a plaster penis. Anyway, a tragedy, that could have been avoided, takes survival to its ultimate limits It is a tragedy that happens to be one of the greatest true stories ever told. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

In olden times—and not in a galaxy far, far away but in this one—boys and sometimes girls would thrill to tales of adventure set in the jungle, in the old west, on the surface of a highly imaginary Mars or, perhaps best of all, on the high seas: where men brave enough to set out in fragile wooden vessels would find themselves at the mercy of disgruntled sea beasts and capricious weather patterns. Pollard, the son of an esteemed officer, has merely inherited the job, and the two men clash. Pollard has no natural leadership capabilities. Melville, formerly a whaler himself, has an idea for a book and wants to learn more about the Essex disaster from one of its few survivors. Of the 20 crewmembers who escaped the Essex before it sank, only eight survived.

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