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The Whale – tekijä: Mark Beauregard
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The Whale (vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: Mark Beauregard (Autor)

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"A rich and captivating novel set amid the witty, high-spirited literary society of 1850s New England, offering a new window on Herman Melville's emotionally charged relationship with Nathaniel Hawthorne and how it transformed his masterpiece, Moby-Dick In the summer of 1850, Herman Melville finds himself hounded by creditors and afraid his writing career might be coming to an end--his last three novels have been commercial failures and the critics have turned against him. In despair, Melville takes his family for a vacation to his cousin's farm in the Berkshires, where he meets Nathaniel Hawthorne at a picnic--and his life turns upside down. The Whale chronicles the fervent love affair that grows out of that serendipitous afternoon. Already in debt, Melville recklessly borrows money to purchase a local farm in order to remain near Hawthorne, his newfound muse. The two develop a deep connection marked by tensions and estrangements, and feelings both shared and suppressed. Melville dedicated Moby-Dick to Hawthorne, and Mark Beauregard's novel fills in the story behind that dedication with historical accuracy and exquisite emotional precision, reflecting his nuanced reading of the real letters and journals of Melville, Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and others. An exuberant tale of longing and passion, The Whale captures not only a transformative relationship--long the subject of speculation--between two of our most enduring authors, but also their exhilarating moment in history, when a community of high-spirited and ambitious writers was creating truly American literature for the first time."--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Whale
Kirjailijat:Mark Beauregard (Autor)
Info:Penguin Books (2018), Edition: Reprint, 288 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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Avainsanoja:K20, 2nd Copy, Adult, Historical Fiction, Books About Books, Whales, Lgbt

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The Whale: A Love Story: A Novel (tekijä: Mark Beauregard)

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näyttää 5/5
This novel is a fascinating exploration of the possible course of a relationship that the author imagines between Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Mehlville. The story struck me as plausible, and the emotions recognizable. The long delays after Mehlville writes Hawthorne and then waits in vain for a reply; the way Hawthorne responds in person, unable to express his feelings and determined to honor his wife and children; the magnetic connection between the two men and the impossibility of their dilemma--it all felt like what it might have been like for men in this position in the middle of the 19th Century. The lesser characters--the wives, Mehlville's sisters, and the circle of friends and acquaintances in the small circle of literary and publishing figures who congregated in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts--come to life in unexpected ways. Strongly recommended for those with an interest in American literature and gay fiction. ( )
  STLreader | Aug 15, 2020 |
This is a hard one to rate. It was well-written and the story was compelling, but I found it torturous to read. So much so, I skipped to the end about 2/3 of the way through. The female characters seemed so one-dimensional and it was distracting. More of a story about limerance, than love. ( )
  Jandrew74 | May 26, 2019 |
I didn't know anything about the lives of Nathaniel Hawthorne or Herman Melville before reading The Whale by Mark Beauregard. And I never would have guessed I would be on the edge of my seat wondering if these two famous authors were going to get together. Was it love, admiration, or just hero worship? Or a combination of all three?

I recently finished reading Moby Dick where I did note that the book was dedicated to Nathaniel Hawthorne. In truth, I gave it no more than a passing thought that they were friends. After all they're both notable authors who probably admired each other's work. But I had no idea there was more to the story. And I wanted to know more. Also, another reason why this book interested me was because it takes place while Melville is toiling away at writing the great tome Moby Dick.

Before I get into the story I want to note that Beauregard used many sources to write this novel including biographies, letters, and journals. And if you've read any of their books, you might have noticed the underlying themes that point in this direction. So while this work is fiction, its basis is in fact.

Herman Melville met Nathaniel Hawthorne at a picnic. It's there that an immediate attachment is formed. It was as if their two souls had recognized each other. From then, it's almost as if Melville became a little bit obsessed with Hawthorne. Needing to see him, be with him. But they were both married with children living in a society where their feelings could lead them down a path of destruction and ultimate ruin.

And while Beauregard does a wonderful job recounting their relationship. The majority of the book had me wondering: will they or won't they? The story followed as closely as possible to the events as they occurred, and for me, that made the story all the better. The Whale: A Love Story is an interesting look into the past about two authors and their hidden desires. Their story will stay with you long after you close the book.

Read more at http://www.toreadornottoread.net/2018/07/review-whale-love-story.html#h7VqYmGZwV... ( )
  mt256 | Aug 4, 2018 |
Mark Beauregard’s The Whale: A Love Story is the novelization of the unfulfilled romantic longing between Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne during the short time they lived near one another in Massachusetts from 1850-1851.

During this time, Melville was pursued by creditors and lived off of loans from his father-in-law. His writings yield lackluster profits, and he struggled financially. He met Nathaniel Hawthorne at a picnic and was instantly captivated, falling in love that spiraled into obsession. Melville craved a life beyond his grasp - fame as a novelist, a house far beyond his means, a desire for an unavailable lover.

Beauregard suggests his desperation is paralleled in the story of Moby Dick. Ahab is chasing an unattainable goal for revenge; but, as Hawthorne explains in a letter to Melville, this lust for revenge is not for the loss of his leg, but for the loss of his heart. Beauregard skillfully incorporates actual correspondence between the two men, showing the agony of Melville’s unrequited longing and Hawthorne’s suppression of his desire for Melville.

The Whale: A Love Story blends historical accuracy and speculation of the level of admiration between these two literary icons. The fiery urgency of Melville and the agonizing denial by Hawthorne makes for a tale of woeful desperation. This book humanizes the authors who were writing at the dawn of American literature. It made me view Moby Dick with a new perspective and understand the honesty and manic intensity behind the pursuit of the whale. Highly recommended. ( )
  ErickaS | May 2, 2018 |
Another strange book but well written and evidently well researched. I didn't know what I was getting with this, thought the love story would have been the whale. Clearly my lit teachers didn't point me to the world's suspicions.

Once I figured it out, Honestly I wasn't sure that I wanted to read it, but I'm glad I plowed through. It's so sad that Melville didn't achieve fame and fortune during his lifetime, his writing is so amazing and so his own. Glad I read it and got this different insight into his life, and into Hawthorn as well. ( )
  sydsavvy | Sep 5, 2017 |
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"A rich and captivating novel set amid the witty, high-spirited literary society of 1850s New England, offering a new window on Herman Melville's emotionally charged relationship with Nathaniel Hawthorne and how it transformed his masterpiece, Moby-Dick In the summer of 1850, Herman Melville finds himself hounded by creditors and afraid his writing career might be coming to an end--his last three novels have been commercial failures and the critics have turned against him. In despair, Melville takes his family for a vacation to his cousin's farm in the Berkshires, where he meets Nathaniel Hawthorne at a picnic--and his life turns upside down. The Whale chronicles the fervent love affair that grows out of that serendipitous afternoon. Already in debt, Melville recklessly borrows money to purchase a local farm in order to remain near Hawthorne, his newfound muse. The two develop a deep connection marked by tensions and estrangements, and feelings both shared and suppressed. Melville dedicated Moby-Dick to Hawthorne, and Mark Beauregard's novel fills in the story behind that dedication with historical accuracy and exquisite emotional precision, reflecting his nuanced reading of the real letters and journals of Melville, Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and others. An exuberant tale of longing and passion, The Whale captures not only a transformative relationship--long the subject of speculation--between two of our most enduring authors, but also their exhilarating moment in history, when a community of high-spirited and ambitious writers was creating truly American literature for the first time."--

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