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

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Nathaniel Philbrick's In the Heart of the Sea is a spellbinding true account of the whaleship "The Essex," which was maliciously attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in 1820. Poor leadership and the islander's own ignorant arrogance led the 20-man crew to set out in three, tiny open crafts over 3,000 miles to a port. After 93 grueling days, only 8 survived to be rescued, after battling three courageous months of incredible suffering, discipline, and the cruel pranks of the savage seas.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   17th century History of disaster/tragedy?    -   Yes Kind of disaster:    -   Boat/Dicaprio event Nationality?    -   British    -   American--Northeast History of a journey/colonization?    -   Yes Kind of journey?    -   boat travel

Subjects of this Historical Account

Religion? (if plays a major part)    -   Protestants! Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   European/White Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Sympathetic From a certain profession/group?    -   simple laborers Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart

Setting

Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   sail boat    -   lost at sea Small town?    -   Yes If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is moderately liberal

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   3 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   8 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   in awe How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on history of key players    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players How much romance?    -   1 () Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   homosexuals doing their thing Is this a kid's book?    -   Ages 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A handful Maps necessary?    -   Necessary maps provided Length of book    -   300-350 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   5 ()

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