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The Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex Tells The Incredible Story Of The Eight Teenage Men Who, Despite Watching Many Of Their Other Shipmates Die, Survived Three Months On A Lifeboat With Little Food Or Water After Having Their Whaling Boat Sunk By An Angry Sperm Whale An ALA Best Book For Young Adults Reprint What can I say I started Revenge of the Whale with a little trepidation as these kind of novels usually boggle my brain with umpteen nautical terms and descriptions Philbrick however, has not fallen into this trap Where sea faring objects are described very often they are accompanied with a diagram that clearly displays their place on the vessel, this accompanied by a number of photographs and easy to read maps allows the reader to really feel a part of the crew.The book follows the crew of the Whaleship Essex and how they are attacked by a sperm whale which leads to them escaping in 3 small whaleboats The lead up to the attack and the actual event only take up the first 3rd of the book, the rest details their constant struggle against the savage sea Thirst and hunger drive the men to extraordinary lengths including cannibalism In fact out of the 21 strong crew only 8 survived the journey.An amazing true story, extremely well written and informative Easily recommendable to anyone that loves adventure or interested in the History of Nantucket whaling Interestingly the Essex adventure was the original inspiration for Moby Dick.My only complaint would be that the novel appears to be a stripped down version of another book called In the Heart of the Sea If I had known this before purchase I think I would have bought that instead However, I will certainly seek it out in the future.Edit More I never thought there was a recorded account of an actual sinking of a ship by a whalehow wrong I was This is the true story of the sinking of the whale ship Essex by an 80 ton sperm whale in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in 1820 This is thee actual story that prompted Herman Melville to write his famous Moby Dick novel.Having been rammed by an angry whale the Essex sank within ten minutes and its twenty one man crew took to the sea with scant provisions in three whaling boats What follows is a four thousands mile plus sea odyssey of incredible suffering and privation Despite some serious errors of judgement where closer landfall could have been reached such as Easter Island, Pitcairn or Tahitithe survivors show remarkable seamanship in reaching Chile after spending a desperate three months adrift.This is not a tale along the lines of Shackleton s epic South however where all live to tell the tale of their ordeal Only two of the three boats reach safety and only eight crewmen survive the journey, the remainder die a terrible death mainly from lack of food, water or from the adverse elements When I say mainly , some of the occupants die by lot selection by their crewmates and are killed.you can guess what comes after thatyes you guessed it messmate cannibalism.This is a well written explanatory book that as well as highlighting the individual characters involved also gives a good descriptive narrative of the whaling techniques and equipment of the period The description of the boat journeys however is the coup de main as the suffering and the despair of the crew leaps out from the pages..a great single sitting read of four hours, it s that good This is a thoroughly well researched book and is written in a clear and easily readable style What helps carry the narrative is that it is full of interesting details that carry the story along marvelously It is the obvious inspiration for Herman Melville s Moby Dick and Nathaniel Philbrick uncovers the connection.For any fan of obscure history this is a must read and it is also a brilliant window into the attitudes of those who whaled out of Nantucket in its heyday , it is also entirely gratifying to know that one whale actually managed to fight back with devastating results for those that preyed on these wonderful creatures.It uses original source material and does contain some detail of the custom of the sea i.e cannibalism If you have a hankering for tales of derring do and survival against the odds then you may also like The Batavia Batavia s Graveyard The True Story Of The Mad Heretic Who Led History s Bloodiest Mutiny

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