Fall Books to Read Before the Movies Come Out
newest crop of blockbusters is headed our way—and there's just enough
time left to catch up on the literary originals.
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In the Heart of the Sea
read Moby Dick
wishing Herman Melville would
cut to the chase, well, here's the chase: Nathaniel Philbrick's 2000 National
Book Award-winning book tells the story of the crew of the Essex, whose
perilous 1820 journey inspired the climactic chapters of the novel. Ron Howard
has turned the book into a seafaring epic starring a stone-face and muscular
Chris Hemsworth—which may be as irresistible as a holiday
without the aliens or spacecraft gets (look for it December 11).
Philbrick, however, manages both to capture the drama of the ill-fated Essex
and to reveal the peculiar—and slightly insane—culture of
Nantucket whalers that inspired such wild journeys in the first place.
— Mark Athitakis