There’s a radiant passage at the end of Philip Hoare’s prize-winning 2008 book Leviathan, where the author describes diving with a group of sperm whales off the Azores. He gazes into the ocean around him, endlessly deep, endlessly wide. “It was as if I were looking into the universe,” he writes. A vast whale swims towards him. “Surveyed by the electrical charge of her sixth sense, I felt insignificant and yet not quite.” Continue reading the Guardian review here.
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