The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea
From his childhood fascination with the gigantic Natural History Museum model of a blue whale to his adult encounters with the living animals in the Atlantic Ocean, the acclaimed writer Philip Hoare has been obsessed with whales. Journeying through human and natural history, The Whale is the result of his voyage of discovery into the heart of this obsession and the book t...more
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I'm really glad I"read this book by listening to it rather than by reading it as a dead-tree book. Listening to it aloud allowed me to argue with the author but still basically enjoy the book. If I'd been reading it with my eyes, I probably would either not have finished it, or it would ha ...more
I think it is sad though, how these magnificent beings were unnecessarily hunted and butc ...more
Le balene e tutto ciò che le circonda hanno semp ...more
He also explores the treatment of whales since the end of World War II – when millions more have been slaughtered by the increased efficiency o ...more
En ALGUNS moments (pocs) se m'ha fet una mica pesat, però en general manté un ritme força trepidant. No està ordenat ni cronològica ni temàticament, és una bona història on es combina biologia, literatura, geografia.....es nota l'absoluta passió que té Hoare per les balenes, i els tocs més personals també milloren el llibre.
I did have to fight the urge to gently remind the author that ...more
I wish I had read this before reading "Moby Dick" instead of after. Hoare uses Melville's book as a touchpoint for his musings on whales and whaling, and his insights give a valuable counterpoint to the novel. I definitely would have absorbed more from from both Melville's factual and imaginative digressions, and I think it would also have enhanced for me the book's broader vision.
The sheer destructiveness, wastefulness, and voracious appetite of man is laid out in nu ...more
As with everything in whaling, periods of frenetic energy alternated with soporific inaction or numbing drudgery. Time itself was different at sea. Far from land, the levelling ocean flattened out the days to be recreated in nautical dispensations, reordered from noon to noon. ...more
I don't read much non-fiction, but I was interested in the main subject of this book (whales) and it proved to be a great surprise! This book is beautifully interesting, instructive and thrilling at the same time.
The author deals with the topic in an original way, in fact in every chapter we find different sides of the topic interwoven together in a single narration: information about the whales as animals (naturalistic aspect), an analysis of how men have related to whales during history (e ...more
Given all of this, I was predisposed to love Leviathan. If you have any kind of magpie mind you'll find something to spark your interest here. It's crammed with astonishing facts about beasts that are already fasci ...more
Hoare's look at the history of whaling is especially good, highlig ...more
Philip Hoare is a passionate storyteller and ridiculously engaging. Part memoir, part history, part travelogue, part natural history, part literary criticism (for all you lovers of Moby Dick!)--this is the kind of nonfiction I go for.
But, careful--this is not a beach read. What we have done to the whales is painful, and while I read and thought about this enormous and mysterious animal of the deep, I also had a sick feeling. What Alex Ross said ...more