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Leviathan (Paperback)Philip Hoare (author)
Hoare’s award-winning blend of nature writing, anthropology and autobiography, Leviathan delves deep into both his personal obsession with whales and the ways in which these majestic animals have fed humankind’s imagination throughout history.
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.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 430 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 34 mm
'This singular, magnificent book inspires both awe and shame - awe of the whales, shame of the human species that has tried to destroy them. In the end, Hoare's virtuosic sympathy for his subject makes you believe in the better angels of our nature.' - Alex Ross, bestselling author of The Rest is Noise
'This history of man's dealings with whales is respectful, even mystical.' - The Daily Mail
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