The Last Whalers: Three Years in the Far Pacific with a Courageous Tribe and a Vanishing Way of Life Doug Bock Clark

The Last Whalers: Three Years in the Far Pacific with a Courageous Tribe and a Vanishing Way of Life

Author: Doug Bock Clark
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Book Title
The Last Whalers: Three Years in the Far Pacific with a Courageous Tribe and a Vanishing Way of Life
Author
Doug Bock Clark
ISBN
9780316390613
In this "immersive, densely reported, and altogether remarkable first book with] the texture and color of a first-rate novel" (New York Times), journalist Doug Bock Clark tells the epic story of the world's last subsistence whalers and the threats posed to a tribe on the brink.One of the New York Times's 100 Notable Books of 2019 A New York Times Editors Choice Winner of Lowell Thomas Travel Book Award Silver Medal Finalist for William Saroyan International Writing PrizeTelegraph Best Travel Books of the YearHampshire Gazette Best Books of 2019 On a volcanic island in the Savu Sea so remote that other Indonesians call it "The Land Left Behind" live the Lamalerans: a tribe of 1,500 hunter-gatherers who are the world's last subsistence whalers. They have survived for half a millennium by hunting whales with bamboo harpoons and handmade wooden boats powered by sails of woven palm fronds. But now, under assault from the rapacious forces of the modern era and a global economy, their way of life teeters on the brink of collapse. Award-winning journalist Doug Bock Clark, one of a handful of Westerners who speak the Lamaleran language, lived with the tribe across three years, and he brings their world and their people to vivid life in this gripping story of a vanishing culture. Jon, an orphaned apprentice whaler, toils to earn his harpoon and provide for his ailing grandparents, while Ika, his indomitable younger sister, is eager to forge a life unconstrained by tradition, and to realize a star-crossed love. Frans, an aging shaman, tries to unite the tribe in order to undo a deadly curse. And Ignatius, a legendary harpooner entering retirement, labors to hand down the Ways of the Ancestors to his son, Ben, who would secretly rather become a DJ in the distant tourist mecca of Bali. Deeply empathetic and richly reported, The Last Whalers is a riveting, powerful chronicle of the collision between one of the planet's dwindling indigenous peoples and the irresistible enticements and upheavals of a rapidly transforming world.Binding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Doug Bock ClarkPublisher: Back Bay BooksPublished: 10/22/2019ISBN: 9780316390613Pages: 368Weight: 0.90lbsSize: 8.20h x 5.40w x 1.10d
In this "immersive, densely reported, and altogether remarkable first book with] the texture and color of a first-rate novel" (New York Times), journalist Doug Bock Clark tells the epic story of the world's last subsistence whalers and the threats posed to a tribe on the brink.

One of the New York Times's 100 Notable Books of 2019
A New York Times Editors Choice
Winner of Lowell Thomas Travel Book Award
Silver Medal Finalist for William Saroyan International Writing Prize
Telegraph Best Travel Books of the Year
Hampshire Gazette Best Books of 2019


On a volcanic island in the Savu Sea so remote that other Indonesians call it "The Land Left Behind" live the Lamalerans: a tribe of 1,500 hunter-gatherers who are the world's last subsistence whalers. They have survived for half a millennium by hunting whales with bamboo harpoons and handmade wooden boats powered by sails of woven palm fronds. But now, under assault from the rapacious forces of the modern era and a global economy, their way of life teeters on the brink of collapse.

Award-winning journalist Doug Bock Clark, one of a handful of Westerners who speak the Lamaleran language, lived with the tribe across three years, and he brings their world and their people to vivid life in this gripping story of a vanishing culture. Jon, an orphaned apprentice whaler, toils to earn his harpoon and provide for his ailing grandparents, while Ika, his indomitable younger sister, is eager to forge a life unconstrained by tradition, and to realize a star-crossed love. Frans, an aging shaman, tries to unite the tribe in order to undo a deadly curse. And Ignatius, a legendary harpooner entering retirement, labors to hand down the Ways of the Ancestors to his son, Ben, who would secretly rather become a DJ in the distant tourist mecca of Bali.

Deeply empathetic and richly reported, The Last Whalers is a riveting, powerful chronicle of the collision between one of the planet's dwindling indigenous peoples and the irresistible enticements and upheavals of a rapidly transforming world.

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Doug Bock Clark
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Published: 10/22/2019
ISBN: 9780316390613
Pages: 368
Weight: 0.90lbs
Size: 8.20h x 5.40w x 1.10d
In this "immersive, densely reported, and altogether remarkable first book with] the texture and color of a first-rate novel" (New York Times), journalist Doug Bock Clark tells the epic story of the world's last subsistence whalers and the threats posed to a tribe on the brink.

One of the New York Times's 100 Notable Books of 2019
A New York Times Editors Choice
Winner of Lowell Thomas Travel Book Award
Silver Medal Finalist for William Saroyan International Writing Prize
Telegraph Best Travel Books of the Year
Hampshire Gazette Best Books of 2019


On a volcanic island in the Savu Sea so remote that other Indonesians call it "The Land Left Behind" live the Lamalerans: a tribe of 1,500 hunter-gatherers who are the world's last subsistence whalers. They have survived for half a millennium by hunting whales with bamboo harpoons and handmade wooden boats powered by sails of woven palm fronds. But now, under assault from the rapacious forces of the modern era and a global economy, their way of life teeters on the brink of collapse.

Award-winning journalist Doug Bock Clark, one of a handful of Westerners who speak the Lamaleran language, lived with the tribe across three years, and he brings their world and their people to vivid life in this gripping story of a vanishing culture. Jon, an orphaned apprentice whaler, toils to earn his harpoon and provide for his ailing grandparents, while Ika, his indomitable younger sister, is eager to forge a life unconstrained by tradition, and to realize a star-crossed love. Frans, an aging shaman, tries to unite the tribe in order to undo a deadly curse. And Ignatius, a legendary harpooner entering retirement, labors to hand down the Ways of the Ancestors to his son, Ben, who would secretly rather become a DJ in the distant tourist mecca of Bali.

Deeply empathetic and richly reported, The Last Whalers is a riveting, powerful chronicle of the collision between one of the planet's dwindling indigenous peoples and the irresistible enticements and upheavals of a rapidly transforming world.

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Doug Bock Clark
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Published: 10/22/2019
ISBN: 9780316390613
Pages: 368
Weight: 0.90lbs
Size: 8.20h x 5.40w x 1.10d