In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick tells the story of a whaleship which was attacked by a large bull sperm whale in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. After the shipwreck, the crew made a journey of over 4,500 miles across the ocean with limited provisions and in small whaleboats. Included in this narrative are the history of whaling in Nantucket, the experiences of whaling, and the effects of starvation and dehydration.
The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the Company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. When the two men dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out crawling inch by inch across more than three thousand miles of American frontier, negotiating predators both human and not, the threat of starvation, and the agony of his horrific wounds. The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.
1.Read the book, if you have time. Each month, prior to the movie showing, copies of the selected title will be available in the library's rotunda.
2.Join us for the movie even if you haven't read the book. Bring your own carry-out dinner to enjoy while you watch the movie.
3.Talk about the book and film. Following the movie, you are invited to participate in a guided discussion.
4.You might win fabulous prizes when you attend Reel Reader events!