|Plot Summary of In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex|
|"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."
MaggieBatEUP02, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex|
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Kind Of History
Time of history:
- 17th century
History of disaster/tragedy?
Kind of disaster:
- Boat/Dicaprio event
History of a journey/colonization?
Kind of journey?
- boat travel
Subjects of this Historical Account
Religion? (if plays a major part)
Ethnicity (if plays a major part)
Is the portrayal sympathetic?
From a certain profession/group?
- simple laborers
Intelligence of subject of
- sail boat
- lost at sea
If applicable, liberal/conservative?
- Historian is moderately liberal
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?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- homosexuals doing their thing
Is this a kid's book?
- Ages 16-Adult
- A handful
- Necessary maps provided
Length of book
- 300-350 pages
How much emphasis on small details?
- 5 ()
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