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Description - Leviathan by Philip Hoare

The story of a man's obsession with whales, which takes him on a personal, historical and biographical journey - from his childhood to his fascination with Moby-Dick and his excursions whale-watching.

All his life, Philip Hoare has been obsessed by whales, from the gigantic skeletons in London's Natural History Museum to adult encounters with the wild animals themselves. Whales have a mythical quality - they seem to elide with dark fantasies of sea-serpents and antediluvian monsters that swim in our collective unconscious.

In 'Leviathan', Philip Hoare seeks to locate and identify this obsession. What impelled Melville to write 'Moby-Dick'? After his book in 1851, no one saw whales in quite the same way again.

This book is an investigation into what we know little about - dark, shadowy creatures who swim below the depths, only to surface in a spray of spume. More than the story of the whale, it is also the story of our own obsessions.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780007230143
ISBN-10: 0007230141
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 34mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Fourth Estate Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 11-Jun-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Philip Hoare

Philip Hoare is the author of several books, including `Serious Pleasures: The Life of Stephen Tennant'; `Noel Coward: A Biography'; `Oscar Wilde's Last Stand'; `Spike Island' and `England's Lost Eden'. He lives in Hoxton, London, and Southampton, and each summer visits Cape Cod, where, as a member of the Center for Coastal Studies, he undertakes twice-daily expeditions to watch its whales.

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