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This is an auction for LEVIATHAN, or THE WHALE, by Philip Hoare.

Hoare’s unbridled enthusiasm for his subject is infectious…this thoroughly engaging, rigorously researched and often revelatory book is a joy to read and one which Melville, surely, would have appreciated.’
- The Independent on Sunday (UK)

‘So compelling and all-encompassing that it cast a spell on me that endured for days after I had done turning its beautifully illustrated pages…This is the book he was born to write, a classic of its kind…What poetry there is here and what a balm for the soul.’
- The Observer (UK)

‘In Hoare's hands, whales are almost limitlessly strange and interesting.’
- Sunday Times (UK)

‘An enthralling volume. Hoare has the skill and humility to make this work, to him, great art and the Leviathan are both inexplicable, unknowable forces from the deep, wherein lies their wonder.’
- Daily Telegraph

Amazon.com review:

“This is the story of a man’s obsession with whales, which takes him on a personal, historical and biographical journey – from his childhood to his fascination with Moby-Dick and his excursions whale-watching. All his life, Philip Hoare has been obsessed by whales, from the skeletons in London’s Natural History Museum to adult encounters with the wild animals themselves. In ‘Leviathan’ Philip Hoare seeks to locate and identify this obsession. What impelled Melville to write ‘Moby-Dick’? After his book in 1851, no one saw whales in quite the same way again. More than the story of the whale, it is also the story of our own obsessions.”

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2009.

453 pages.

Illustrations throughout.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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