- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate; First Edition edition (2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007230133
- ISBN-13: 978-0007230136
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.7 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,042,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Leviathan Hardcover – Import, 2008
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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...
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.
Where are them?