In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick

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Read In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Online Free - In the Heart of the Sea brings to new life the incredible story of the wreck of the whaleship Essex—an event as mythic in its own century as the Titanic disaster in ours, and the inspiration for the climax of Moby-Dick. In a harrowing page-turner, Nathaniel Philbrick restores this epic story to its rightful place in American history.

In 1820, the 240-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, it was repeatedly rammed and sunk by an eighty-ton bull sperm whale. Its twenty-man crew, fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, made for the 3,000-mile-distant coast of South America in three tiny boats. During ninety days at sea under horrendous conditions, the survivors clung to life as one by one, they succumbed to hunger, thirst, disease, and fear.

In the Heart of the Sea tells perhaps the greatest sea story ever. Philbrick interweaves his account of this extraordinary ordeal of ordinary men with a wealth of whale lore and with a brilliantly detailed portrait of the lost, unique community of Nantucket whalers. Impeccably researched and beautifully told, the book delivers the ultimate portrait of man against nature, drawing on a remarkable range of archival and modern sources, including a long-lost account by the ship's cabin boy. At once a literary companion and a page-turner that speaks to the same issues of class, race, and man's relationship to nature that permeate the works of Melville, In the Heart of the Sea will endure as a vital work of American history.

Title : In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
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ISBN : 0141001828
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 238 pages


Jeffrey rated it ★★★★★

June 29, 2016

”I turned around and saw him about one hundred rods [500 m or 550 yards] directly ahead of us, coming down with twice his ordinary speed of around 24 knots (44 km/h), and it appeared with tenfold fury and vengeance in his aspect. The surf flew in all directions about him with the continual violen...

Esteban rated it ★★★☆☆

December 22, 2015

There's one thing you need to know about me: I’ve never listened to a song by Rush all the way through. Really. If Alvin and the Chipmunks were re-imagined as opera singers, the lead singer could be bass. I can't take them seriously. Okay, okay. Really there are two things you need to know about m...

Adrianne rated it ★★★★★

May 12, 2008

I have never, ever, in my LIFE, met a nonfiction book I was unable to put down before. This may be because I am stupid, but I like to think it's because I'm interested in the details. Most nonfiction I've encountered is either written by: a.) Someone who experienced something interesting, but who...

Florence (Lefty) rated it ★★★★★

October 19, 2013

Best piece of non-fiction I’ve read in years – I know it’s a cliché but you can’t make this stuff up! In 1819, a whaling ship is rammed by a sperm whale, not once but twice and the surviving crew drifts for 90 days in three tiny boats, Captain Bligh’s 48 day ordeal pales in comparison. They event...

Jeff rated it ★★★★☆

May 26, 2017

This review is a Chris Hemsworth-free zone! Yes, he was in the crappy film version of this book. No, I won’t use any pics in my review. Heh There once was a man from Nantucket, Who was so big he could… The island of Nantucket has loads to answer for beyond smutty limericks. About 200 years ago, they...

Michael rated it ★★★★☆

May 18, 2017

This book was a fantastic tale, the facts of which were an inspiration to Melville who met the surviving captain years later. The ship Essex headed to whaling groups in - as Phlibrick excellently describes as the most desolate spot on Earth - a thousand miles off the coast of Chile in the Pacific...

Carol rated it ★★★★★

December 31, 2015

"It was a tale of a whale-man's worst nightmare: of being left in a boat far from land with nothing left to eat or drink and perhaps worst of all......of a whale with the vindictiveness and guile of a man."This deadly true story of the 1820 (85' long, 80 ton) whale attack on the Essex was not exa...

Lindsey rated it ★★★★★

August 08, 2015


Jason rated it ★★★★☆

February 23, 2016

WAY more exciting than I expected! Nathaniel Philbrick knows how to resurrect history into a living, breathing present, a present filled with tension and full-immersion. If you have any interest in whaling, the age of sail, and shipwrecks, you'll not do better than In the Heart of the Sea. It's v...

Diane rated it ★★★★★

December 23, 2013

This book was so engrossing that I felt as if I had worked on a whaling ship and had survived a disaster at sea. In 1820, the whaleship Essex was in the middle of the Pacific Ocean when a massive whale rammed the ship not once, but twice, sinking it. The crew had to scramble for provisions and es...

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