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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 the Hardcover edition.
Philbrick paints a fitting portrait of the horrors endured by the men of the Essex. As a devotee of Melville's opus, this book was an eye opening look at the life of a whaler.Published 1 day ago by Ben Whitehead
The Coffins of Nantucket are my ancestry, so I am absolutely enjoying this story.Published 3 days ago by Dixie Dale Christensen
Philbrick is one of my favorite authors. I love all his work.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Is this a text book? I can pick any page, any paragraph and it reads like I'm going to be tested on it later. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Fast Reader