The Last Whalers

Three Years in the Far Pacific with a Courageous Tribe and a Vanishing Way of Life
Product Number: EB00715721
Released: Jan 08, 2019
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ISBN: #9780316412292
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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. "An amazing account...?pectacular and deeply empathetic." -Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm. "A monumental achievement." -Mitchell Zuckoff, 13 Hours. "A true work of art...?yrically written and richly observed."-Michael Finkel, The Stranger in the Woods. "An extraordinary feat of reportage and illumination."-Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams. "From the very first lines, I was riveted." -Robert Moor, On Trails. "Intimate and moving."-Francisco CantU, The Line Becomes a River. "Remarkable, gorgeously written." -Bronwen Dickey, Pit Bull. 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.

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Author(s): Doug Bock Clark
Original Publish Date: Jan 08, 2019

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Author(s): Doug Bock Clark
Narrator(s): Jay Snyder
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Author(s): Doug Bock Clark
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