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The Whale by Philip Hoare
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really liked it
bookshelves: adventure, animals, nonfiction

I was expecting The Whale to be just that, a book about whales. And it is, but it is so much more. The Whale is a meditation on whales, on Moby Dick, on loss, on whaling, on history, even on life. Philip Hoare writes from a position of deep knowledge as well as deep love, and he writes about his subjects---whales, Herman Melville, whalers, whaling ships---as a starting point for his thoughts about vast themes---history, loss, loneliness, human connections---eloquently, almost following the model of his much-admired author, Melville himself.

The Whale is a perfect book to read alongside Moby Dick. I recommend watching Philip Hoare's documentary, The Hunt for Moby Dick, too.
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Reading Progress

August 7, 2019 – Started Reading
August 9, 2019 – Shelved
August 9, 2019 – Shelved as: adventure
August 9, 2019 – Shelved as: animals
August 9, 2019 – Finished Reading
October 24, 2019 – Shelved as: nonfiction

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