In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (Paperback)
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Short Description for In the Heart of the Sea Now available in paperback, this true-life bestseller tells the incredible story of the wreck of the whaleship "Essex"--an event that served as the inspiration for Melville's "Moby Dick". of illustrations.
- Published: 01 May 2001
- Format: Paperback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780141001821 ISBN 10: 0141001828
- Sales rank: 32,545
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Reviews for In the Heart of the Sea
Mightily rewards the reader...
Did I enjoy this book: I did. It was long and detailed. I read it over the course of six weeks where I put the book down to read some lighter comedy or chick lit. But the book continued to beckon my attention.
Smithsonian.com describes In the Heart of the Sea as the, “true life horror that inspired Moby Dick.” Indeed, Melville himself documented in his masterpiece meeting the Captain of the Essex and described him as, “the most impressive man . . . that I ever encountered.”
Ok -enough with the name dropping. This book gets off to a slow start but mightily rewards the reader who sticks it out to the end. Great stories force us to examine some aspect of ourselves, our beliefs, and/or the culture around us. In the Heart of the Sea deals with the depths of human suffering and ultimately how we survive the unsurvivable. This novel sails somewhere south of Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning but never quite reaches the depths of depravity that we see in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. But that undefinable grey area frequently described as “situational morality” makes this story memorable and worth exploring.
Would I recommend it: Yes.
Will I read it again: I will not.
As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews by Chrissy