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

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

A "magnificent book" (Sebastian Junger) and "monumental achievement" (Mitchell Zuckoff) that tells the epic story of the world's last subsistence whalers and the threats posed to a tribe on the brink "An extraordinary feat of reportage and illumination." --Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams. "From the very first lines, I was riveted." --Robert Moor, On Trails. "A true work A "magnificent book" (Sebastian Junger) and "monumental achievement" (Mitchell Zuckoff) that tells the epic story of...

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Title: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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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0316390623
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

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

  • Emily
    Jan 23, 2019
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  • Liana
    Jan 12, 2019
    This is a rich and wonderfully crafted book. Clark does an excellent job of laying out the intricacies of the tribe's history, blending of local beliefs and Catholicism, personal relationships, and factors pushing individual people and larger change. There is a lot of detail, but he cr...
  • Jason
    Jan 28, 2019
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  • Michael Dalby
    Jan 24, 2019
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  • David
    Jan 25, 2019
    Clark lives among the Lamalerans, a hunter-gatherer group in Eastern Indonesia. They have merged Catholicism and their own beliefs to interpret a changing world. They are especially identified via their whale hunts and their truly cooperative and democratic way of life. But that lifest...
  • Scott
    Feb 27, 2019
    For three years journalist Doug Bock Clark lived on a remote Indonesian island with the Lamalerans, a tribe of some 1,500 who, as the world's last subsistence whale hunters, harvest their food (sperm whales when they're lucky but also manta rays, porpoises, and whale sharks) by leaping...
  • Mike
    Feb 03, 2019
    The author spent time over three years with the isolated Lamalaren tribe of Eastern Indonesia, learning their language and culture (at least as much as he could) to the point where some of them considered him a part of their tribe. Not only does he write about the trials and tribulatio...
  • Ned Frederick
    Mar 12, 2019
    I gave it my sincere best shot but I couldn?t get past the Cetacean extermination. I know, I know the Lamerlans live a subsistence lifestyle totally based on harvesting whales, dolphins, etc. They are a brave and resilient people whose impact on the global Sperm whale population is a...
  • Alex
    Jan 21, 2019
    Remarkable. Clark paints a vivid and unflinching portrait of life for a community in Indonesia that is - in ways large and small - wrestling with their hunter-gatherer past and an encroaching modern culture. Rather than romanticize the indigenous for its own sake (as many Westerners se...
  • Amanda Drucker
    Feb 16, 2019
    This is a remarkable book. Clark depicts the Lamalerans in an intimate and honest way, as only someone who dedicated time over years, getting to know the people, their culture, and even learning their language, could. The writing style is absolutely beautiful?I found myself re-readin...
  • Wonjun Lee
    Jan 12, 2019
    The Last Whalers is an absolutely extraordinary work. Clark?s portrayal of the Lamalerans, a hunter-gatherer tribe inhabiting a remote Indonesian island, is both fascinating and moving. He expertly shows how the Lamalerans hunt the largest carnivore in history, the sperm whale, using...
  • Nick Moran
    Feb 12, 2019
    Thanks to this book, I have a good recipe for manta ray brains stewed in tamarind and lemon juice. Let me know if you'd like it. ...
  • Allie
    Jan 15, 2019
    The author has the rare gift of weaving together years of stories and collective memories into a flowing, eloquent narrative. By the end of the book, I felt that I really knew the characters, flaws, strengths and all. I can?t wait to read future works by Clark! ...
  • Ashley
    Mar 07, 2019
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  • Pat
    Mar 05, 2019
    This was an extraordinary, and difficult, book to read. The Lamalareans are an indigenuous society, located at the far eastern tip of Indonesia. For centuries, their way of life had not changed, and their religion, culture and society were intertwined with the Way of the Ancestors. The...
  • Tad Deshler
    Mar 17, 2019
    Fascinating portrayal of a culture so unlike our own. ...
  • Rob
    Mar 09, 2019
    When the author steps away from the day-to-day reporting to ponder questions about hunter-gatherers and the encroaching modern world it gets deep?and beautifully written to boot! ...
  • Ben
    Feb 05, 2019
    Unfortunately, this was just far too much mundane detail than I cared to read. It is all detail, with no plot or distinctive characters. The Outside magazine article is enough for me. Moreover, I don't agree at all with the author's editorial stance on the Lamalerans and the importance...
  • Rebecca
    Feb 09, 2019
    Quite interesting and it will stick with me as I mull over the issues brought forth. ...
  • Harris
    Feb 22, 2019
    I really liked how the author never used the first person to insert himself into a scene. Very entertaining accounts of hunts - like reading a modern day Moby Dick. ...
  • Sylvia Johnson
    Mar 01, 2019
    A very personal view of our fast-changing world and its incursions into ancient cultures. I enjoyed getting to know these individuals, their world view, their families and ancestors and the beliefs and community that sustains them. ...
  • Steve
    Feb 24, 2019
    A changing world everywhere, from Indonesia to rural America, with cultures clinging to maintaining their known worlds. ...
  • Jk
    Dec 19, 2018
    I received a free advance reading copy of this book via the Goodreads Giveaways program and would like to thank anyone involved in making that happen! I am completely fascinated by indigenous cultures and this book provides a stunning look inside the Lamaleran tribe of whale hunters...
  • Verne
    Jan 15, 2019
    Great book. ...
  • Nancy
    Feb 16, 2019
    One family, one heart, one action, one goal. Lamaleran saying Lembata, in Southeast Asia, is home to the Lamalerans who arrived there 500 years ago. They settled on the beach under a cliff, surviving by fishing for sperm whale and Manta ray and flying fish. Those who are successful ...
  • Dave
    Feb 12, 2019
    This is an honest "warts and all" portrait of one of the last surviving hunter-gatherer cultures on the planet. It reads a little more like a novel than most typical anthropology books, which most people will probably like even though I personally don't prefer that writing style. He do...
  • John
    Dec 27, 2018
    Excellent writing and research! Just started a few days ago, but I love the story and history of the whale hunter culture! ...
  • JP Grace
    Feb 27, 2019
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  • Jenn
    Feb 12, 2019
    I won a copy of this book. These are the kinds of book I really love to win and read. It's such a remarkable story about a tribe of people on the verge of, basically, extinction. The outside world is encroaching on them and they're losing to what it has to offer. The youngsters in t...
  • Briana
    Feb 03, 2019
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