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Description - In Search Of Moby Dick by Tim Severin

Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick" immortalized the concept of a battling white sperm whale, but did such a creature really exist? Explorer and writer Tim Severin travelled to the islands of the Pacific to find out. From Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas archipelago to Pamilacan and Tonga, Severin compares myth with reality in a fascinating journey of discovery. Along the way he investigates the real extent of Melville's whaling experience, and unearths other potential sources for his famous story; encounters the extraordinary whale-jumpers, who even now make their living by leaping on the backs of whales to ram home their spears; and observes a retired harpooner re-enact the curious ballet of a kill - transporting himself to his youth in the process, like a shaman from a forgotten age. Travel writing and personal and historical anecdote combine to offer an exploration of one of the ocean's enduring myths.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780349112336
ISBN-10: 0349112339
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 5-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Tim Severin

Tim Severin is a renowned adventurer and writer, who has specialised in re-creating voyages of exploration in primitive vessels. He holds the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and the Livingstone Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

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