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Leviathan av Philip Hoare
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Leviathan (urspr publ 2008; utgåvan 2009)

av Philip Hoare

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A lively travelogue through the history, literature, and lore of the king of the sea. Since his childhood fascination with the gigantic Natural History Museum model of a blue whale, author Philip Hoare has been obsessed with whales. Journeying through human and natural history, this book is the result of his voyage of discovery into the heart of this obsession. Taking us deep into their domain, Hoare shows us these mysterious creatures as they have never been seen before--Hoare's sparkling account of swimming with these incredible behemoths will delight wildlife aficionados. And following in Ishmael's footsteps, he explores the troubled history of man and whale; visits the historic whaling locales of New Bedford, Nantucket, and the Azores; and traces the whale's cultural history from Jonah to Free Willy.--From publisher description.… (mer)
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Titel:Leviathan
Författare:Philip Hoare
Info:HarperCollins Publishers (2009), Paperback
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The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea av Philip Hoare (2008)

  1. 10
    Moby Dick eller Den vita valen av Herman Melville (chrisharpe, John_Vaughan)
  2. 10
    Why Read Moby-Dick? av Nathaniel Philbrick (John_Vaughan)
  3. 10
    Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown av Michael Cunningham (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: Two aspects of the same place (and both made me want to visit Provincetown)
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    One River av Wade Davis (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: Both detailed explorations of one aspect of the natural world.
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I really enjoyed this book, though I understand the comments of some reviewers. The author is a professor of Literature and writing, not a scientist, so if you want an in-depth book on the latest whale knowledge, look elsewhere. If you want a book that has information on whales and whaling and culture and literature, then, this is your book ( )
  cspiwak | Mar 6, 2024 |
From his childhood fascination with the gigantic Natural History Museum model of a blue whale to his adult encounters with the living animals in the Atlantic Ocean, the acclaimed writer Philip Hoare has been obsessed with whales. Journeying through human and natural history, The Whale is the result of his voyage of discovery into the heart of this obsession and the book that inspired it: Herman Melville's Moby-Dick.
Taking us deep into their domain, Hoare shows us these mysterious creatures as they have never been seen before. Following in Ishmael's footsteps, he explores the troubled history of man and whale; visits the historic whaling locales of New Bedford, Nantucket, and the Azores; and traces the whale's cultural history from Jonah to Free Willy. Winner of the prestigious BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, The Whale is an unforgettable and often moving attempt to explain why these strange and beautiful animals still exert such a powerful hold on our imagination.
  rachelprice14 | Nov 14, 2022 |
A slightly disappointing book. It was difficult to weigh up what the author intended. For a large part of the book he was following Herman Melville and Moby Dick. He digressed, reasonably enough, inot the whaling industry and its history. He then digressed further into varoius historical sightings of whales and whales used as fairground attractions. All mixed up with a bit of natural history and biology. It all gave the impression that he had too much research and wasn't sure how to put it all together but he wasn't going to waste any of it. ( )
  Steve38 | Dec 3, 2019 |
Philip Hoare duikt vrij letterlijk in de rijke natuurhistorische geschiedenis van al wat van veraf en dichtbij met walvissen te maken heeft, grotendeels met Melville's Ishmael als gids. Hij slaagt er bijzonder goed in om het unieke en grandioze van het walvissenras over te brengen. Zelden heb ik met meer verwondering een boek gelezen. ( )
  razorsoccam | Aug 30, 2018 |
In search of the giants of the sea
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
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Part of the beguiling genius of “The Whale,” a rhapsodic meditation on all things cetacean, is that Philip Hoare so suggestively explores the English origins of Herman Melville’s masterpiece while providing his own quirky, often revelatory take on the more familiar aspects of the novel.
 
In The Whale, Hoare transforms his obsession with these mammoth creatures into an intricate exploration of history, literature, and science. It’s not a stretch to say he’s on a spiritual voyage to understand the whale’s place – and his– in the world.
 
"The Whale" results from years of devoted researching, talking, kayaking, diving and swimming; it is equal parts almanac, literary study, celebration, elegy, eulogy and literary travel essay.
 
Philip Hoare has written a biography of Noel Coward and the history of a British military hospital, but The Whale is the book he was meant for.
 
Philip Hoare began his writing career as the biographer of Stephen Tennant and Noël Coward. More recently, his work has turned into something harder to categorise: amazing feats of history and imagination that take you to places within yourself - never mind the places he is actually describing - that you did not even know existed. Leviathan or, The Whale is one of these feats and it is as elusive a beast as the great, unknowable creature that is its inspiration.
tillagd av Nevov | ändraThe Observer, Rachel Cooke (Aug 24, 2008)
 

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"There Leviathan,
Hugest of living creatures, on the deep
Stretch'd like a promontory sleeps or swims,
And seems a moving land; and at his gills
Draws in, and at his breath spouts out a sea."

- John Milton, Paradise Lost, quoted in title page to the first, English edition of Moby-Dick
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A lively travelogue through the history, literature, and lore of the king of the sea. Since his childhood fascination with the gigantic Natural History Museum model of a blue whale, author Philip Hoare has been obsessed with whales. Journeying through human and natural history, this book is the result of his voyage of discovery into the heart of this obsession. Taking us deep into their domain, Hoare shows us these mysterious creatures as they have never been seen before--Hoare's sparkling account of swimming with these incredible behemoths will delight wildlife aficionados. And following in Ishmael's footsteps, he explores the troubled history of man and whale; visits the historic whaling locales of New Bedford, Nantucket, and the Azores; and traces the whale's cultural history from Jonah to Free Willy.--From publisher description.

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