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Author: Joan Druett
ISBN13: 978-1565117624
Title: In the Wake of Madness
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Publisher: Highbridge Audio; Unabridged,Unabridged edition (April 28, 2003)

In the Wake of Madness by Joan Druett

This book not only records the facts of the Sharon's fateful voyage, but provides interesting insights into the American whaling industry in the early-mid 1800's. This was the same time that Herman Melville sailed aboard a whaling ship and then began writing fictional books on whaling, culminating in his masterpiece, "Moby Dick. Filled with tropical islands, scurvy, mutiny, and New England pedigrees, In the Wake of Madness is a great look into a once vital American industry that has since gone extinct.

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Joan Druett adds her name to the growing list of authors who have, in the last few years, tackled the topic of seafaring misadventure. We have had several excellent entries in this genre, including Nathaniel Philbrick's "In The Heart Of The Sea" and Mike Dash's "Batavia's Graveyard.

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Written by Joan DruettNarrated by Dennis Boutsikaris. In the Wake of Madness is the gripping true story of one of the bloodiest mutinies of the nineteenth century, written by an award-winning maritime historian. In 1841, Massachusetts whaleship Sharon set out for the whaling grounds of the northwestern Pacific. Twelve men deserted the ship, and three Pacific Islanders joined the crew.

Native New Zealander JOAN DRUETT is the author of eleven books on maritime history and historical fiction. She has been the recipient of a PEN/Hubert Church Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, and the John Lyman Award for Best Book of American Maritime History. She was a consultant for the award-winning "Seafaring Women" exhibition and has appeared as a guest speaker at maritime museums across the country.

Joan Druett's book is not quite on the level of those two books- they are "richer" in their narrative drive and complexity- but "In The Wake Of Madness" is still a good, solid "read. The author points out that at the time of the mutiny on the whaleship "Sharon," people who were not on board the ship assumed that the South Sea Islanders who killed Captain Howes Norris did so because they were "cannibals" and "heathens. The book seems a bit abrupt and frantically paced, with Mrs. Druett attempting to juggle all this in only 230 pages. Still, this is a generally well-written, interesting book, and worth your time.

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IN THE WAKE OF MADNESS is the gripping true story of one of the bloodiest mutinies of the nineteenth century, written by an award-winning maritime historian. In 1841, Massachusetts whaleship Sharon set out for the whaling grounds of the northwestern Pacific. Twelve men deserted the ship, and three Pacific Islanders joined the crew. The story of the mutiny, the murder and the ship's eventual recapture unfolds in breathless detail. An aspiring young writer of the time eagerly followed this true story: his name was Herman Melville.
Reviews: 7
I have to admire Joan Druett for attempting to meticulously reconstruct the events of 180 years ago, especially because she is so is so honest in delineating where she veers into guesswork and assumption. In this case however, there does not appear to have been enough resources to draw from. The result is something quite inferior to her other book “Island of the lost”- which I really enjoyed.

Structurally, this one has obvious flaws. There is no central theme to bind it together. It fails to entice at the start. Methodically reconstructing an event (rather than crafting a story) from slim historical records does not exactly hook the reader in. Druett begins with bare bones- old lists of crew members, registers of births and deaths. It must have been hard to put flesh on those bones. There is not enough characterization of the main players and the dramatic effect is limited.

The first half focuses on the voyage of the Sharon under the evil Captain Norris. Gradually the author builds tension, but then what should have been an action-filled climax is a disappointment. While he gets his just desserts, we learn little about his last moments and his demise is unsatisfying. Then the narrative shifts to follow the fortunes of Benjamin Clough, before changing tack once again; and then again.

Overall this is a good insight into the lives of the whalers and the industry in the 1840’s. But as a story.. it doesn’t really hit the mark.
I listened to the Audible version of this book which was nicely done although the narrator did not have the rough and ready voice I think this book deserved.

Joan Druett is a superb maritime researcher, but this book does not begin to be as wonderful as Island of the Lost. Still, this is a fascinating book about a captain who seemed like a good man on shore, but was utterly ruthless with his crew.

I was especially interested in the third mate, Ben Clough because that is a name in my family that you don't hear often. And, when you do, it is often pronounced some other way not rhyming with plow. I would like to know more about him--especially since he is the hero of the story.

One review I read criticized the author for bringing in all kinds of parallel information that didn't necessarily relate to the story. I liked hearing all that history and do not think it detracted from the book at all. The whaling history is fascinating and what is especially interesting is how hard it hit the whale population. Sad, that despite the primitive ways of hunting whales they could almost decimate a species.
Very Old Chap
Druett gives a reader of Moby-Dick extremely helpful background on the experiences whalers of Melville's time underwent: cruel captains, exceedingly harsh living conditions, dismal earnings, life-threatening encounters with gargantuan whales---and more. Useful appendixes and map information, too.
Whaling as romantic adventure has been with us since before Herman Melville put pen to paper. Even today, amidst a reassessment of the brutality of whale killing and its ecological impact, we still maintain a peculiar nostalgia for the days of the sail ship and harpoon. "Moby-Dick" is a least partially to blame for this.

Joan Druett's "In the Wake of Madness" is a powerful antidote to the idea that whaling was a rollicking high-seas adventure amongst exotic and eccentric characters. Her account of the systematic torture and murder of a cabin boy, at the hands of a sick captain named Howes Norris (while the crew did practically nothing), ranks as one of the most abominable things I've ever read. Norris' eventual murder at the hands of several Polynesian crew members, and the third mate's courageous attempt to re-take the ship, appear almost anti-climactic.

Druett's book is extremely well-researched, and it succeeds in showing whaling to be what it really was: grueling work for years at a time that involved hunger, danger, and isolation, surrounded by boorish and uneducated (and occasionally sadistic) men, and long periods of inactivity and tedium. She builds suspense early on ("Secrets were kept..."), and as another reviewer remarked, the specter of Melville hovers over everything. My only criticism is how she elevated the third mate to heroic status (his photo appears on the dust jacket). As far as I'm concerned, his paralysis during George Babcock's torture and murder, and his silence once the "Sharon" returned home, render him an accessory to the crime. But perhaps this is the publisher's doing. Whatever the case, "In the Wake of Madness" will keep you immersed in its tale, and its tragedy may keep you awake at night.