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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

My Present Reading Material Review

In the Heart of the Sea, The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex reads of a chilling tale of the Essex, a whaling ship that was sunk in the middle of the Pacific by an 80-foot sperm whale in 1820. The story comes to mark the mythology of the 19th century as the Titanic did in the 20th century. The author Herman Melville based the classic book Moby Dick on certain key elements of the tragedy. The key portion of the book discusses the Nantucket culture and how it was affected by the whaling industry boom, from its economy to its social habits. The horrific heart of the narrative details the fate of the 20 sailors who attempted to sail several thousand miles back to South America using only three small whaleboats in the open oceans. Reaching land 93 days later, only eight sailors survived the ordeal of thirst, starvation and despair. It was a great read and I put it on my recommended reading list - five star!

Three and a Half Star



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