Whaling Woes

18 Aug

Crime and Punishment is eating up all my reading time, and the titles are starting to pile up on my nightsand.  As soon as I close the book on Raskolnikov, this is what I’ll be reading …

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

You remember Philbrick.  He wrote Why Read Moby-Dick?  He was a featured expert in the PBS special “Into the Deep”.

I am not a huge fan of nonfiction.  When we finally finish the WEM novels and dive into autobiographies and histories, I’ll be as lost at sea as Ishmael was after the sinking of the Pequod.

But, I did read Why Read Moby-Dick?  and I enjoyed Philbrick’s style of writing.  I also liked watching/listening to him on the PBS film.  Months ago I put In the Heart of the Sea  on hold at the library, but library books have to be returned, and I have a five hundred page novel I’m supposed to be reading.  My husband saved the day when he picked up a used copy for me.  Maybe I’ve talked enough about whaling to interest him in the topic.

In the Heart of the Sea…  It’s what’s on my nightstand.

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