I am excited to begin reading In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick. In 1820, the Essex, an American whaleship from Nantucket, Massachusetts, was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in the southern Pacific Ocean. After spending months at sea, only eight crew members were rescued. Philbrick’s account includes the crew’s moral decisions and extreme methods to survive the ordeal, including cannibalism. A young Herman Melville became fascinated by this story, particularly of the whale’s immense power and potential for violence. He later met Captain George Pollard, Jr. and was inspired to write Moby-Dick. I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but I very much enjoyed reading another of Philbrick’s books, Mayflower and I also love reading stories and accounts of boats and ships and the way people survived the seas.
In the Heart of the Sea was published in 2000. It is a New York Times Bestseller and won the 2000 National Book Award for nonfiction. It has been made into a movie and will be released in March 2015. Based on Philbrick’s book, it’s directed by Ron Howard and stars Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, and Charlotte Riley. The screenplay was written by Charles Leavitt.
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