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The Whale by Mark Beauregard
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Mark Beauregard relies upon careful research and a bit of imagination to tell the story of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne, two writers who meet and become close friends during the time Melville is grappling with the writing of his novel Moby Dick. Because both men were writers, there is much written evidence---letters, diaries---to draw upon. Scholars have always known that Melville and Hawthorne inspired each other and became close, but Beauregard goes further and makes their relationship a love story. It feels true and believable, with Melville, with his experiences in the South Seas and his daring in writing, as the pursuer, and Hawthorne, with his emphasis on sin in his wiring, the reluctant lover.

It's a perfect side for a Moby Dick entree.
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Reading Progress

August 5, 2019 – Started Reading
August 5, 2019 – Shelved
August 5, 2019 –
page 61
August 9, 2019 – Shelved as: animals
August 9, 2019 – Shelved as: adventure
August 9, 2019 – Shelved as: relationships
August 9, 2019 – Shelved as: writing
August 9, 2019 – Finished Reading
October 24, 2019 – Shelved as: nonfiction

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message 1: by Elizabeth☮ (new)

Elizabeth☮ I got this from the library once and never got to it. Perhaps I'll try once again. I like Hawthorne, but haven't read much by Melville.

Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance It was based on a lot of research.

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