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This is my all time favorite book. Even though it's 500 some odd pages I have read it 3 times. It's hilarious and beautiful. It's filled with alliterations and rich imagery. When I get to the last page I want to turn back to page one and start all over.

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Though descriptions of the types of whales, whaling, whaling implements, etc. can take up most of this novel (and bore one to tears), there are sections of the book that are absolutely sublime. Ultimately it can be read as a book about perceptual bias and how people are notoriously narrow-minded and way too biased/focused/obssessed for their own good. The whale's eyes, on the other hand, see two different worlds simultaneously... 

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