Posts Tagged ‘tragedy’
It has been a long while, but life has started to come back to where we like it. As a result, my reading picked up (a work trip with a couple long flights did not hurt either).
This is the true story of an unbelievable ordeal that befell a group of Nantucket whalers in 1819-20. Rammed by a sperm whale more than 2000 miles off the coast of South American, these whalers endured over 90 days at sea in 25 foot rowboats. The book reads well and in a way that is not purely historical, but almost like a novel. There are a surprising number of facts that exist about the experience. I also read The Perfect Storm a while back and, while good, it was mostly conjecture on what may have happened on their voyage. I cannot imagine how anyone survived 96 days at sea with virtually no food or water. The story does take a very dark turn towards the end of their time.
If you are into ships, harrowing ordeals, whales, the sea, starvation, and/or good historical drama…then this book is good for you. I do like 4 of those things, so it worked for me.
I give it 3 stars.