I am passionately interested in both whales and literature, so The Whale
had a singular appeal to me. But, there are plenty of books out there
on both subjects. What makes this title uniquely satisfying is the way
that it rambles – in a very personal and informative fashion - through
so many diverse topics en route to the unified subject of the title. It
is a wonderfully unclassifiable study of whales, whaling, Moby Dick, Melville, and the places that have figured prominently to each.
— Sara, Atlanta
The whale is the largest, loudest, oldest animal ever to have existed. It is improbable, amazing, and--as anyone who has seen an underwater documentary or visited the display at the American Museum of Natural History can attest--a powerful source of wonder and delight to millions. The Whale is an extraordinary journey into the world of this fascinating and mysterious animal. Acclaimed writer Philip Hoare visits the historic whale-hunting towns of New Bedford and Nantucket, wanders the streets of London and Liverpool in search of Melville's whaling inspiration, and swims with sperm whales in the middle of the Atlantic. Through the course of his journey he explores the troubled history of man and whale; traces the whale's cultural history from Jonah to Moby-Dick, Pinocchio to Free Willy; and seeks to discover why these strange and beautiful animals continue to exert such a powerful grip on our imagination. A blend of the travel and nature writing in the tradition of Jonathan Raban and John McPhee, The Whale is a gripping voyage into the heart of Hoare's obsession--and ours.
About the Author
Philip Hoare is the author of five works of nonfiction, including biographies of Noel Coward and Oscar Wilde; "England's Lost Eden: Adventures in a Victorian Utopia"; and "Spike Island: The Memory of a Military Hospital."
Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won several "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, including for "The War That Killed Achilles" by Caroline Alexander and "The Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch.
"[A] gracefully written exploration of why whales fascinate us." ---Library Journal