Each of the 20 men are given biography before its over. Not forgetting any of the "after" in this investigation for the roles the survivors played in later years. It is appalling. And it also is daunting to conceive how these men went farther and farther and farther for the liquid "gold". To the point where they had no idea of the islands or lands around them at all. Resulting in not having the facts, but believing the hype- and thus going plus miles out of their way for "help". What a work is man.
There are several accounts to speak for here, most of which are from different actual crew members. Combined, these shed some rather critical anthropological light and revealed vital information in my eyes. There are also accounts from other whaling ships of the day, as well as sitings; plus many other fascinating things that fully flesh out this account.
It makes it feel as if you miss no fact or side view along the way. To me, this full account was very interesting and very heartbreaking as well. No, you see the entire crew until their last. This is a good thing though. It even gives plenty of resources for those whom wish to press further. I often do.
I saw the movie of this title and it entranced me to buy the book with all of the facts in it. Once I got past Chapter 4, I zoomed through it.
Beware for the feint of heart though. These poor men go through so much trauma. Also animal and marine life lovers want to watch out. Other than the fact that it is about a whaling ship there are other things that might be distressing, as the men forage for food. I just found this to be an important event in history. Yes; Not all of them are pleasant. I learned a lot. View all 27 comments. Jul 15, Pamela rated it it was amazing Shelves: oceania , history , nonfiction , animals , survival , culture , massachusetts , catastrophic-events , book-to-film , sociological.
One of the most riveting, enlightening, gut-wrenching, macabre, unfathomable, heart-pounding, culture-defining, era-appalling, extremely well-written and fastidiously researched non-fiction books I've read this year. That was a mouthful!!! In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex : So much more than a survival tale or a seafaring story or Nantucket legend or the catalyst for the literary classic: Moby Dick. It is a tragedy that hap One of the most riveting, enlightening, gut-wrenching, macabre, unfathomable, heart-pounding, culture-defining, era-appalling, extremely well-written and fastidiously researched non-fiction books I've read this year.
There is also an exploratory look at what life was like on the whaling island of Nantucket during the eighteen-hundreds; before, during, and after the Essex tragedy. Talk about PTSD! How could anyone live any type of normal life after such horrors. Not only are the descriptions of whaling exceptionally gruesome and stomach churning. Cannibalism, though decorously described as best anyone can, nearly sent me hurling!! Weep, oh I did!!! I still shudder thinking about those unfortunate souls - the living and lived upon.
Lest I completely scare away the fainthearted, let me stress: the bulk of the story isn't macabre or gruesome. Philbrick utilizes a more history-enriching humanistic approach, really.
And he does an amazing job balancing all the various aspects surrounding this tragic event; all without being overly graphic, or padding with hype, or rambling on and on about unrelated subject matter. The movie should be great - if Hollywood doesn't over-sensationalize the macabre.
Five - Compelling though Cautionary - Stars Fantastic book! Extremely well-researched, written in an easy-to-understand style, just superb in every way. You will feel like you've lived the lives of these men after reading this book. I read passages aloud to my hubby The story really came alive, and leapt off the page. View 2 comments. Jul 28, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: maritime-history.
I had a lot of trouble with Moby Dick. Finishing it, I mean. I picked it up and put it back down twice. By the time I finally finished it - a point of honor - I'd probably read pages of it. About years later, the source material was published. In the Heart of the Sea tells of the whaleship Essex which inspired Melville's opus. In , it left Nantucket and went a'whaling. An enraged sperm whale is there any other kind?
The Essex sunk and its crew I had a lot of trouble with Moby Dick. The Essex sunk and its crew took to the whale boats and set out for South America. Nathaniel Philbrick is a brisk, lively, informative writer. His prose is engaging and witty. Unlike Melville's Moby Dick , this is a slim, quick read. The book starts in Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, which was a famous whaling port long before it became the part of the most famous dirty limerick of all time.
Nantucket was a town of roof dwellers. Nearly every house, its shingles painted red or left to weather into gray, had a roof-mounted platform known as a walk. While its intended use was to facilitate putting out chimney fires with buckets of sand, the walk was also an excellent place to look out to sea with a spyglass, to search for sails of returning ships. Philbrick quickly limns the fascinating history of Nantucket, home to Quakers and whalers and a seafaring tradition.
A vicious cycle dominated life in Nantucket: the men were home three months, in between voyages, and were then gone three months, spearing big dumb mammals for their oil.
This was a hard life. Not only for the men, who were out getting attacked by sperm whales and cannibalizing each other, but also for the womenfolk, left behind. They were lonely and bored. In good Quaker fashion, many of the women developed opium addictions. Enter the email address you signed up with and we'll email you a reset link. Main navigation Events. Open search form.
Enter search query Clear Text. Saved Searches Advanced Search. Browse Browse, collapsed Browse. Support Us. Read more. Average Rating:. Rate this:. The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In , the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty crew members aboard.
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In the Heart of the Sea —and now, its epic adaptation for the screen—will forever place the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon. In the Heart of the Sea —and its epic adaptation for the screen—will forever place the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon. Duke Fellow. One of the most chilling books I have ever read. Heart of the Sea. In the Heart of the Sea. Tirial Lv 4.