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By Margaret S. Creighton
Traditional accounts of whaling celebrate exotic locales and dangerous exploits but shed little light on the lives of the men who went to sea. This book places sailors at the center of a social history of whaling and explores the ways in which the history of the sea and the history of the shore have intersected. 34 illustrations.
Book News, Inc., 11/30/95:
A social history of American whaling, drawing on diaries and ship logs to examine the beliefs and behaviors of the men who labored at sea. Reassesses the image of the tyrannical captain, and looks at the relationship the sailors forged with land society, particularly with women. Finds that the seafaring served as a rite of passage into manhood. Nicely illustrated with contemporary drawings and scrimshaw. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title.
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From Kirkus Reviews , January 15, 1997
From the team behind the adaptation of The Odyssey (1995), an audacious retelling that follows the main story line of Melville's monumental work--of Ishmael's tale of Captain Ahab's mad quest for revenge against the giant white whale that took his leg on a previous voyage. While rewrites for children of classic adult literature remain controversial, this one is stunning. The language, through which McCaughrean subtly brings out many of the metaphors of the original text, is unusually ornate for the format, making it--despite its storybook-look--more appropriate for readers beyond picture books. Although sometimes humorless, the lush prose rockets the story along like a square rigger under full sail, with all the beauty and complexity that entails. Ambrus's ample illustrations are full of character. McCaughrean largely succeeds in conveying to young readers the mood, language, story, and power of the original. For those disposed to retellings of the classics, this is a prime example of the way to do it. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title
Whaling Will Never Do for Me : The American Whaleman in the Nineteenth Century
Busch (history, Colgate U.) follows up his definitive history of the American sealing industry with a detailed account of the colorful but difficult life aboard whaling ships, drawn from the vast body of ships logs and journals. Deals little with the mechanics of the actual hunt. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
When the Whalers Were Up North : Inuit Memories from the Eastern Arctic
Book News, Inc., 03/31/90:
Oral histories of the 100 years of British and American whaling off the east coast of Canada and in Hudson Bay, as experienced by the native people who fed, clothed, and hunted with the whalers. Illustrated with modern drawings (some in color), and photographs from the period. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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