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Requiem for Ahab [Kindle Edition]

G. J. Lau
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Requiem for Ahab takes place 20 years after the death of Captain Ahab in the novel Moby-Dick. Ahab’s young son has grown into a man on a quest to understand his father’s life … and death. Requiem for Ahab is about fathers and sons, war and its warriors, suffering and reconciliation.

Anyone who has read Moby-Dick knows that Captain Ahab and his crew die hunting the white whale, Moby Dick. The only survivor was a sailor named Ishmael, who tells his story and then disappears. What most don’t remember is that Ahab left behind a young wife and child, Hannah and Thomas. Ahab's life has ended, but their lives must now go on without him. They move to a small town near Boston, where she meets and marries Aaron Stoddard. The years go by, and Thomas Stoddard grows into a young man. Ahab's memory recedes deeper and deeper into a past seldom revisited by either mother or son.

When the Civil War breaks out in 1861, Thomas enlists in the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment and sees action at Antietam and Chancellorsville. Then comes the Battle of Gettysburg, where Thomas is wounded and has his leg amputated. He can't help but remember Ahab's fate, and he wonders if he too will go mad. Thomas realizes he knows very little about his father's death ... or life. There is only one man who can help him discover the truth about his father’s madness—the sailor who called himself Ishmael.

The search for Ishmael leads Thomas first to New Bedford and then to a small town in central Massachusetts where Thomas finally meets the elusive Ishmael, who has found chasing after dreams to be as perilous as chasing after Ahab’s white whale. Thomas and Ishmael find common cause in laying Ahab’s ghost to rest once and for all.


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G. J. Lau was born in a small town near Boston. He was raised on a steady diet of family, politics, and the Red Sox. After graduating from Georgetown University, he spent two years in the Army, including a year in Viet Nam in the 1st Infantry Division. He worked in as a radio operator and had the opportunity to serve in many varied locations including a battalion night defensive position, a special forces camp, and an indeterminate piece of real estate populated by scorpions and Montagnards. He then worked for the Federal government in Washington, D.C. until retirement. Since then he has done a stint in retail and now works in elections. He has volunteered as a literacy tutor, a hotline listener and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in need of assistance. He currently resides in a small city just far enough from Washington, D.C. to be somewhere else.

Product Details

  • File Size: 197 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469919923
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: G. J. Lau (January 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006XJMB7W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars New England Heritage Shines On February 20, 2012
By V.Najmi
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"Requiem for Ahab" answers a question few have thought to ask:
When he wasn't the Captain of the Pequod, who was Ahab? In particular, did he leave
anyone behind when met his nemesis, Moby Dick, for the last time? This novella, set very
authentically in several Massachusetts' locations and told in language true to its 19th
century inspiration, offers a suspenseful and satisfying answer. A great read and a
worthy follow-up to G.J. Lau's "The Magpie's Secret" which I loved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable Read February 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I think I might be so bold as to call this the "best thing I've read this month". Written very much in a style similar to the book from which it's inspired, "Moby Dick", "Requiem for Ahab" is a wonderful tale of what happens to the son Ahab left behind. It's a quick read, more novella than novel, but highly worth the effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good story December 21, 2012
By mctg
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This book hooks you from the beginning. It is the kind of book that you think about when you are not reading. There is a historical novel aspect, as it starts in the civil war era. It also gives you some background on the life of fishermen and whalers at sea. When I finished the book, I immediately started reading Moby Dick.
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G. J. Lau was born in a small town near Boston. He was raised on a steady diet of family, politics, and the Red Sox. After graduating from Georgetown University, he spent two years in the Army, including a year in Viet Nam in the 1st Infantry Division. He worked in as a radio operator and had the opportunity to serve in many varied locations including a battalion night defensive position, a special forces camp, and an indeterminate piece of real estate populated by scorpions and Montagnards. He then worked for the Federal government in Washington, D.C. until retirement. Since then he has done a stint in retail and now works in elections. He has volunteered as a literacy tutor, a hotline listener and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in need of assistance. He currently resides in a small city just far enough from Washington DC to be somewhere else.

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