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In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
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Jun 05, 2017

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bookshelves: own, historical-fiction, watch-film-tv, read-in-2017

I have not read Moby Dick. My guess is if I had read it first or been a fan of stories about ship life, then I would care more about the sailors, the details, and the narrative. Then again, I found the claim interesting that MD was not successful or acclaimed when it was published. I guess it found fame later? How and why that happened would be easily worth another star.

Philbrick's writing is concise and direct. Flowery narratives in biographies from some of the acclaimed authors who bully their editors annoy me with feeling bogged down in unnecessary language. Then again, I should have felt the harrowing-ness of this event.

These are people who...
* Have had the unthinkable happen of a whale sinking their ship.
* They are a couple thousand miles away from South America.
* All they have to cross this are short distance vessels.
* They lack the food and water to make the trip.

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Reading Progress

November 18, 2016 – Shelved
November 18, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
November 18, 2016 – Shelved as: own
April 14, 2017 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
April 14, 2017 – Shelved as: watch-film-tv
April 26, 2017 – Shelved as: read-in-2017
May 11, 2017 – Started Reading
June 5, 2017 – Finished Reading

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