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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007230133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007230136
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,898,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Philip Hoare is the author of several books, including 'Serious Pleasures: The Life of Stephen Tennant'; 'Noel Coward: A Biography'; 'Oscar Wilde's Last Stand'; 'Spike Island' and 'England's Lost Eden'. He lives in Hoxton, London, and Southampton, and each summer visits Cape Cod, where, as a member of the Center for Coastal Studies, he undertakes twice-daily expeditions to watch its whales.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jdfield on June 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
So, I have to preface this with the information that ever since I can remember I've been obsessed with the natural world. Recently my focus has been whales. I based an entire holiday around it. Given all of this, I was predisposed to love Leviathan. If you have any kind of magpie mind you'll find something to spark your interest here. It's crammed with astonishing facts about beasts that are already fascinating. There is great harshness, too. The narrative is structured around the history of man's interaction with whales, and it hasn't been nice...
My problem with this book is also it's greatest strength. The magnificence and otherworldliness of whales is astonishingly hard to line into words, but Hoare manages this. One phrase of his describing a humpback as a 'barnacled angel' I thought really lovely.
But he goes too far, and is too personal. Often its frustrating and intrusive and I felt the urge to snap at him to back out of the story. He's less interesting than the whales, unsuprisingly, but doesn't seem aware of this.
And the photos are grainy and black and white. A bit of colour and gloss would have been nice.
Still, though, Leviathan gets 5 stars, because I'm unashamedly biased. And I think everybody should read it. Everybody in the world needs to know more about these largest inhabitants of the world ever, and how mysterious their comings and goings are in the entirely unknown and secret depths and wastes of the ocean. Because they're amazing, and it's time we started being a bit nicer to them...
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bigdaddy on September 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
You don't have to be obsessed with Moby Dick to love this book, but it doesn't hurt. Hoare's extraordinary, complex, respectful, fearful, loving relationship with the largest mammals on the planet takes him back to the history of whaling, to a time when entire cities were lit by whale oil; to places far below the surface of the ocean, where giant whales battle with three hundred foot squid. It's a magical journey, heartbreaking in terms of man's exploitation of these beautiful creatures. Doubt it will sell well in Japan.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bloomsday on October 14, 2012
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Read Moby Dick first. Take your time. Someone said it was essentially a blog and that may be right. Dream about it.

Leviathon is not a take on Moby Dick, but it does provide some great echos and amplifications. Buy it. It's crucial.

But first.. buy Moby Dick in two versions: the Rockwell Kent / Random House hardbound and any paperback, especially if it lacks illustrations because Rockwell Kent's images are the ones you want to envision while you abuse the paperback. Treasure and carefully preserve the Rockewell Kent version for your grandkid's generation..your kid's generation is lost to tech.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Xpectro on April 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
How sad. This edition doesn't have any of the wonderful illustrations that the printed version has. What a huge loss...

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