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Tim Severin is a renowned adventurer and writer, who has specialised in re-creating voyages of exploration in primitive vessels. He holds the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and the Livingstone Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
'With Melville-like dexterity, Severin stitches together this story of his global search for the "real" Moby Dick and his creator . . . Well worth reading' FINANCIAL TIMES 'Severin is one of the few men living who can genuinely be called an explorer . . . [His] quest has the epic quality of Melville's novel and his conclusions go far beyond the bounds of most travelogues . . . A remarkable investigation' DAILY EXPRESS 'An extraordinary explorer' INDEPENDENT 'Tim Severin is one of the last of the old-style explorers ... His deeds speak to us of the purity of achievement in an age where experience has become blunted by comfort and complacency' THE TIMES 'One of the refreshing things about Tim Severin is that one believes what he says.' LITERARY REVIEW 'His observations are sharp and sympathetic, to whale and people alike, and the result is an intriguing account of a passing world.' WANDERUST 'Vivid travel writing, maritime folklore and insight into the lives of people who depend on the ocean keep the pages turning.' FOCUS 'Unlike Ahab he has survived to tell the tale and a good tale it is: a great adventure story interleaved with diverting historical anecdotes.' TIME OUT 'Near the beginning of Tim Severin's account of his search for a great white whale, he tells the story of a marine biologist who joined a 1980 expedition of his to spot whales. Riding in a bosun's chair high up on the mast of an Arab sailing vessel, the biologist scanned the ocean with binoculars. He spotted whales-- "but not nearly as many as did two members of the crew far below him on the deck. Again and again one or other would call up to the masthead and draw the lookout's attention to a whale he had not yet noticed ... When the time came for him to leave the ship ... he confessed with a wry smile that the one thing he had really learned was [to] be more sceptical of the observations of marine biologists." Severin's search takes him around the Pacific and particularly to the Marquesas, where the technique of hunting whales by hand armed only with home-made bill- hooks has not yet been entirely forgotten. Conversations with old whalers bring him closer to true whale lore than any biological treatise. Not that Severin is interested in scoring cheap points. Rather, In Search of Moby Dick is an eloquent demonstration of how much valuable knowledge is locked up in the practices and stories of indigenous people--working people whose very lives and livelihoods, after all, depend upon it. Melville's Moby Dick was fashioned from the stories and reports of whalers of his day. Severin begins his own hunt in the belief that there is no smoke without fire. He is not disappointed.' - Simon Ings, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW