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Leviathan (Paperback)

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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.

Natural World & The EnvironmentThe natural world, country life & petsWildlife: mammalsScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesPopular science Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 11/06/2009 ISBN-13: 9780007230143  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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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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I have become obsessed with whales since reading this book. I now tell total strangers and colleagues (what I imagine to be) very interesting facts about whales. Some appreciate it more than others. Whales are amazing and mysterious creatures and remain so because we know so little about them. Phillip Hoare conveys his fascination through a history of whales, whaling and whalers, both mythic and factual. He writes with such enthusiasm and love for his subject, it’s hard not to become equally infatuated. I even read Moby Dick to satiate my desire to know more. I highly recommend both books. They both exceeded my expectations. - Rebecca

Westfield White City Bookstore - 12/05/2011

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