In Search of Moby Dick

In Search of Moby Dick

Quest for the White Whale

Book - 1999
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Among travel and adventure writers, Tim Severin occupies a unique place in that, as Jan Morris says, he "uniquely combines in himself the gifts of the adventurer, the historian, and the litterateur." Over the years, Severin has sailed in a leather boat across the Atlantic, traveled on horseback with the nomads of Mongolia, and sailed the Pacific on a bamboo raft in an effort to re-create the storied voyages and travels of Brendan, Jason, Ulysses, and Genghis Khan. He then spun these rich adventures into literary gold, writing such classics as The Brendan Voyage. Now Severin applies his boundless skills to a quintessentially American subject--Moby Dick--in an attempt to retrace the origins of Herman Melville's legendary literary creation.In In Search of Moby Dick Severin sets about determining the likelihood of the existence of one of our most iconic modern myths--the Great White Whale. To do so he travels to Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Archipelago where the twenty-one-year-old Melville deserted his whaling ship in 1842 and began to cobble together the legends, tall tales, sea lore, and firsthand accounts garnered from the whalers he encountered, filtering all this material through his own fertile imagination to create his monumental novel. It is here that Severin begins to perceive the lush weave of fact and fiction, actual experience and extravagant yarn, that is Moby Dick, and the complex richness of Melville's tapestry becomes even clearer as Severin sails on throughout the South Pacific.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 1999.
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780465076963
Branch Call Number: 813.3 MEL SEV
Characteristics: 212 pages ;,22 cm


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Jan 25, 2013

From the way the author carries on, railing against Melville, you would think ol' Herman had run over his dog or run off with his wife or something. Severin seems to be unaware of salient characteristics pertaining to Melville, like the fact he was a novelist, which means he wrote fiction. Still Timmy yowls on at Melville's lying and his plagiarizing and possibly on his dancing on sundays and what not. Tim! Wake up and smell the Folgers, dawg: Novelists make stuff up! It's their job you sanctimonious, addle-brained old goof! Try though you may, you can NEVER tear down MOBY-DICK as the greatest novel ever, EVER! "The Brendan Voyage" sucked too.

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