☆ The Last Whale Ä Download by ✓ Chris Pash
☆ The Last Whale Ä Download by ✓ Chris Pash It never fails that when my five year old borrows a book from his school s library it s about whales or dolphins Feeding the belugas and watching the orcas at Canada s Marineland was the highlight of our family vacation So when I had the opportunity to review The Last Whale by Chris Pash, I was thrilled.
The minute I began reading it, I had flashbacks of the movie Free Willy 3 The Rescue, where whalers illegally hunted killer whales The Last Whale, though, is the incredible story of how whaling came to an end in Australia, the last of the English speaking countries to do so in 1978 The author says he was a pimply reporter at the time 1977 , when activists launched Greenpeace s first direct action in Australia This small group of men and women risked their lives as they daily went out in open dinghies Zodiacs , and became a human shield between the whales and the towering steel ships T I wish I d read The Last Whale before we stayed in Albany
Albany, in the southwest of Western Australia, is one of my favourite places in the world It has a beautiful coastline that lends itself to sheer romanticism, and the fact that it has a history of whaling no doubt plays into that It was also the site of the last whaling station in Australia, closed for both financial and societal reasons at the end of the seventies This book gives quite a balanced view of the people involved in the fight both for and against whaling The people of Albany took a bit of a battering when the whaling station closed down, but funnily enough whaling tourism helped revitalise it.
The one complaint I have about the book, and it is really just one, is that it comes across quite flat in places which is odd considering the amount of passion displayed by people on both sides of the debate.
If you ever get An historical turning point in Australia s whaling industry, chronicled by a local writer who saw the battle play out between conservationists and Albany s staunch whaling community Well done, Chris Pash The successful push to stop whaling led to the formalisation of Greenpeace in Australia.
An excellent story of the work to stop Australian whaling, a part of a worldwide effort Excellently written, the narrative draws one along with suspense natural history and human drama The characters are richly drawn and come alive The vast emptiness of the sea and the immensity of its cetacean dwellers catch the imagination.
Creative non fiction at its best.