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The Hunter and the Whale: A Tale of Africa
The Hunter and the Whale A Tale of Africa Author:Laurens Van Der Post North from the regions of the Antarctic in summer come the little whaling ships to the great natural harbor of Port Natal, there to hunt the sperm and the blue in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. This unforgettable narrative concerns one such ship, the KURT HANSEN, her colorful crew, and the mortal conflict that eventually develops in their... more » midst.
The time is just after World War I, and the hero is Peter, the young South African spotter, nicknamed "Bright Eye" because of his prowess. The novel follows him through four summers of whaling and enough adventures to fill a lifetime,
from that first heart-pounding glimpse of whale blow-"a poplar of pearl in a mirage of early afternoon flame"-to the final apocalyptic fall of green water upon the shuddering
bows of the KURT HANSEN.
Throughout these adventures, the Zulu stoker, 'Mlangeni-brilliantly portrayed-is an enlightening companion, but Peter is influenced in particular by his captian, Thors Larsen, a driven, dedicated man, respected but scarcely loved by his crew. And both in line of duty and as a result of his attachment to Laetitia, Peter is chief witness to the struggle for power between Larsen and her father, the great hunter of elephants, Herklaas de la Buschagne, that forms the climax.
Besides a story that goes straight to the mark, THE HUNTER
AND THE WHALE is rich with memorable pictures of the ocean in all moods and of the people of Port Natal, brought to vivid life out of Col. van der Post's firsthand knowledge.« less