Facebook
Skip to main content
PBS logo
 
 
Want fewer ads?

Book Review of In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
reviewed on + 80 more book reviews


The story of whaling by the sturdy men from Nantucket aboard the whaleship Essex in the early 1800's. The book provides ample background for you to have a feel for why those men went on those long journeys in search of the whales. You know from the beginning of the book the Essex's trip will end in a failure with a horrible outcome, but the book will immerse you in the day by day tasks and enormous troubles these men face in their attempt to survive. This true story of the Essex is the one upon which Herman Melville's story of "Moby Dick" was based. You will find yourself in question of who and how the shipmates will survive this ordeal, enjoy.


Want fewer ads?