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Book Title: In Search of Moby Dick: Quest for the White Whale|
The author of the book: Tim Severin
Date of issue: November 4th 2000
ISBN 13: 9780316645959
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 778 KB
Edition: Little Brown UK
Read full description of the books In Search of Moby Dick: Quest for the White Whale: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.
Read information about the authorTim Severin is a British explorer, historian and writer. Severin is noted for his work in retracing the legendary journeys of historical figures. Severin was awarded both the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and the Livingstone Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. He received the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award for his 1982 book The Sindbad Voyage.
He was born Timothy Severin in Assam, India in 1940. Severin attended Tonbridge School and studied geography and history at Keble College, Oxford.
Severin has also written historical fiction along with non fiction. The Viking Series, first published in 2005, concerns a young Viking adventurer who travels the world. In 2007 he published The Adventures of Hector Lynch series set in the late 17th century about a 17-year-old Corsair.
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