It’s been awhile since I reviewed a book on here and I figured this is one that everyone should read. I read one or two books a month and most of them are good, but some are just at a higher level of literary entertainment. This is one of those books. I’m sure we all heard of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, but did you know this is the book that Melville modeled Moby-Dick after? Melville met the son of Owen Chase during his time whaling on the ship Acushnet in 1841. He abandoned ship in 1842 and lived on the Marques Islands living with the Typee natives, which inspired his first book. Enough about Melville though. This is the TRUE STORY of the whaleship Essex.
The book opens up with a good back story of Nantucket and the whaling industry. The story then turns to the Essex, which set sail in August of 1819 for a two and a half year journey to the whaling grounds on the west coast of South America. I won’t get into any more detail because I don’t want to spoil the book. I will say, however, that when reading the book keep in mind this is the early 1800s. Place yourself in the shoes of those unlucky and brave men, especially Captain Pollard and First Mate Owen Chase.
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