The Whale

The Whale

A Love Story

Large Print - 2016
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In the summer of 1850, Herman Melville finds himself hounded by creditors and afraid his writing career might be coming to an end. In despair, Melville takes his family for a vacation to his cousin's farm in the Berkshires, where he meets Nathaniel Hawthorne at a picnic, and his life turns upside down. The whale, chronicles the fervent love affair that grows out of that serendipitous afternoon.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine :, Center Point Large Print,, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781683241287
Characteristics: 382 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

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EricaReynolds
Aug 02, 2016

This work of historical fiction that intersplices Melville's actual letters to Hawthorne is not for the faint of heart--so intense and ultimately doomed, but it is not a book without all hope nor without moments of intense joy. But what can we expect from a book that tries to recapture the mind and context in which this great book was forged? An incredibly well-written book. Recommended, but I suggest having some dark chocolate available, or perhaps try reading it on a sunny day so it doesn't throw you into despair.

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