Thursday, November 01, 2012

Top 10 nautical books

Peter F. Stevens is the award-winning author of The Voyage of the Catalpa: A Perilous Journey and Six Irish Rebels' Escape to Freedom.

In 2003 he named his top ten nautical books for the Guardian.  One title on the list:
Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Captain Ahab storming about with his one leg, the mighty white whale consuming the whaler's every thought, densely detailed passages chronicling whaling men's lives, in which long stretches of shipboard boredom could vanish with one cry of "Thar' she blows!" - this 1851 briny American classic is the grandfather of all whaling epics.
Read about another book on the list.

Moby-Dick also appears among Katharine Quarmby's top ten disability stories, Jonathan Evison's six favorite books, Bella Bathurst's top 10 books on the sea, John Mullan's lists of ten of the best nightmares in literature and ten of the best tattoos in literature, Susan Cheever's five best books about obsession, Christopher Buckley's best books, Jane Yolen's five most important books, Chris Dodd's best books, Augusten Burroughs' five most important books, Norman Mailer's top ten works of literature, David Wroblewski's five most important books, Russell Banks' five most important books, and Philip Hoare's top ten books about whales.

--Marshal Zeringue