Originally Posted by jjinh
I also liked The Perfect Storm.
If you like maritime-based non-fiction I recommend In The Heart Of The Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick - it's about these people who drift in the sea for 90 days after their whaling ship was sunk by an angry whale (the true events that inspired Moby Dick)
I loved "In The Heart Of The Sea" by Nathaniel Philbrick (...and the "Perfect Storm" (the film was OK). I'm reading "Moby Dick" right now.You might want to check out the PBS/American Experience documentary called, "Into The Deep: America, Whaling & The World" by Ric Burns." It is an extremely well done film. This documentary includes haunting reenactments of the events that Philbrick focused upon in his book that, as you mention above, actually inspired "Moby Dick." You can watch a trailer at the site linked below...sometimes at American Experience whole episodes/documentary films are available online, in some cases they only provide a trailer...this film is available for sale...
Excerpt of film content transcript related to the Philbrick book...
"Despite these difficulties, Herman Melville read extensively on his own, consuming mythology, anthropology, and history. He was fascinated with Shakespeare's poetic devices and their ability to capture an audience. He was also raised hearing the thrilling story of the whaleship Essex, which was attacked by a whale and sunk when Melville was just a year old. Melville's captivation with the terrifying grandeur of whales, the audacity of whalers, and the relationship between the two would be a motivating factor behind his writing."
Edited by DLeeWebb - 10/21/13 at 5:16pm