“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
I really enjoy Philbrick's writing style. He has a way of conveying facts in a fluid and intriguing manner, so the story unfolds like a novel. One thing I appreciate is all of the research he's done. He tells the account of a shipwrecked whaleship crew and what they endure for survival. But he also weaves in details about the society, economy, and psychology which creates a rich picture of the times. A fascinating story of early 19th century American commerce and man's will to survive.