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By sticking to the tried and tested Longitude formula, Philbrick has missed a slight trick or two. The epicenter of the whaling industry was Nantucket, a small island off Cape Cod; most of the whales were in the Pacific, necessitating a huge journey around the southernmost tip of South America. We never learn why no one ever tried to create an alternative whaling capital somewhere nearer. Similarly, Philbrick tells us that the story of the Essex was well known to Americans for decades, but he never explores how such legends fade from our consciousness. Philbrick would no doubt reply that such questions were beyond his remit, and you can't exactly accuse him of skimping on his research. By any standard, 50 pages of footnotes impress, though he wears his learning lightly. He doesn't get bogged down in turgid detail, and his narrative rattles along at a nice pace. When the storyline is as good as this, you can't really ask for more. --John Crace, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Not listened to it all as yet, but it is a wonderful story that I first listened to about 6 years ago and then lost the cassettes during a move. Read morePublished 1 day ago by brookseeee
This book is extremely well written and highly entertaining. It is a very easy to read book that flows smoothly. Read morePublished 6 days ago by E. Nelson
Fascinating story! Who knew that Moby Dick was basted on this ships story.Published 8 days ago by Oso
Great read! Interesting story that is what the classic Moby Dick was based on. I thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 9 days ago by Anita K. Guris
In the Heart of the Sea and its companion The WhaleShip Essex, for younger readers, are fine books about whaling, Nantucket, survival at seas, but more importantly a case study in... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Harbormaster
I wish I'd read this before I read Moby-dick. It would have provided some context. The Nantucket whalemen, having nearly obliterated the right whale and having made good inroads... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Renee C. Ozer