New York : Penguin, 2001 *** Book Discussion books check out for 6 weeks with no renewals ***
xvi, 302 p.,  p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm ISBN/ISSN:
0141001828 (pbk.), 9780141001821 (pbk.), Language:
Winner of the 2001 Alex Award
Winner of the 2000 National Book Award
In 1819, the 238-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage to hunt whales. Fifteen months later the Essex was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale. Fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, the 20-man crew set out in three small boats for South America, almost 3,000 miles away. Three months later, only eight were left alive. This book shares a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, steeped in the lore of the whaling tradition, with deep resonance in literature and American history, and in the life of the Nantucket community. - Back cover
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