The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea


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$16.99  $15.63
Ecco Press
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5.2 X 7.9 X 1.5 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Philip Hoare is the author of biographies of Stephen Tennant and NoΓ«l Coward and the historical studies Wilde's Last Stand, Spike Island and England's Lost Eden. He is also the writer and presenter of the BBC Arena film, The Hunt for Moby-Dick. He lives in Southampton, England.


"This singular, magnificent book inspires both awe and shame--awe of the whales, shame of the human species that has tried to destroy them. In the end, Hoare's virtuosic sympathy for his subject makes you believe in the better angels of our nature."--Alex Ross, bestselling author of THE REST IS NOISE
"Philip Hoare's THE WHALE is everything you want from a book. It is unpredictable and amusing and informative and original, cavorting between biology, history, travel writing, and memoir with an engaging sense of the subject's charisma. And the book is even handsome."--Mark Kurlansky, author of SALT and COD
"A wonderful read!... Hoare magnificently weaves together his own experiences with stories about literary giants whose writings were inspired by whales--Melville, Hawthone, and Thoreau--and he captures the utter beauty, size, and power of the whale."--Lynne Cox, author of GRAYSON
"Hoare is a splendid writer and a beguiling guide. I found the spell (he) casts powerful and difficult to shake."--Cleveland Plain Dealer
"[Hoare's] work is rigorous, something every serious student of whales--and, more widely conceived, of the natural world--will want to have at hand."--Washington Post
"You don't have to love Moby Dick to love this book. But if you do, THE WHALE is probably one of the most sublime reading experiences you'll have this year."--NPR's All Things Considered
"Genius ... THE WHALE (is) a rhapsodic mediation on all things cetacean. Hoare is always on the lookout for the revealing detail. He also has a finely tuned sense of perspective and pacing."--Nathaniel Philbrick, New York Times Book Review
"Philip Hoare's writing is quite untrammelled by convention and opens up astonishing views at every turn."--W.G. Sebald
"A love letter to the 'largest, loudest, oldest' mammal ever to have existed....Salted with astounding facts...this is an exhilarating valentine."--People