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The Whale: A Love Story
Paula Cappa's review
Jul 12, 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love biographical fiction and this one belongs at the top of the list. Beauregard writes an insightful tale about Herman Melville's most intimate thoughts concerning Melville's attraction to Nathaniel Hawthorne. The physical attraction hinges on their mutual creativity as writers, their philosophies, and deep friendship. Hawthorne fans should not miss this book. What's interesting is I just finished Melville In Love, The Secret Life of Herman Melville and the Muse of Moby-Dick by Michael Sheldon, nonfiction, about Melville's extramarital affair with Sarah Morewood (a fascinating book for Melville fans that I highly recommend), who supposedly inspired him to write Moby Dick. Probably not a good idea to read these books back to back as I did. Because now I'm left with thinking that Melville was madly in love with Morewood, married to Lizzie and having children with her, and desiring a homosexual affair with Hawthorne (who seemed to influence Melville in his writing of Moby Dick as well, especially since he dedicated his sea epic to Hawthorne). This is an audacious novel.
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July 12, 2016 – Shelved