'In the Heart of the Sea' and drinking a bottle of Tasmanian wine, while getting the idea to travel to Tasmania -
Eden: The Unintended Garden
I had promised to write a follow-up post about my visit to the
Killer Whale Museum, so yesterday I spent time watching and gathering screenshots from the movie, 'In the Heart of the Sea', a movie I had seen at the end of 2015 at the cinema while I was going through a divorce from a 25 year marriage and that movie inspired my choice of Tasmanian sparkling wine to "celebrate" my divorce.
I crossed the sea for the first time in my life on a boat in that road-trip to Tasmania and back and the night after I made it back to the mainland a guy decided to end his life by jumping off the same boat and into the icy dark sea, only to end up going under the boat, never to be seen again.
|The bones of 'Old Tom' the killer whale of Eden, New South Wales|
Old Tom was one of the killer whales that would help the local whalers catch the humpback whales for their share of the spoils.
"The novel was a commercial failure and out of print at the time of the author's death in 1891, but during the 20th century, its reputation as a Great American Novel was established."
"The product of a year and a half of writing, the book draws on Melville's experience at sea, on his reading in whaling literature, and on literary inspirations such as Shakespeare and the Bible.
The white whale is modeled on the notoriously hard to catch actual albino whale Mocha Dick, and the ending is based on the sinking of the whaler Essex by a whale.
The detailed and realistic descriptions of whale hunting and of extracting whale oil, as well as life aboard ship among a culturally diverse crew, are mixed with exploration of class and social status, good and evil, and the existence of God.
In addition to narrative prose, Melville uses styles and literary devices ranging from songs, poetry, and catalogs to Shakespearean stage directions, soliloquies, and asides."
'Moby Dick' is basically a metaphorical novel about following a dangerous dream that could end in tragedy, or triumph.
The novel is set about 100 years ago and Tom was a WWI veteran who fought in France.
I met the author M.L. Stedman in Byron Bay in 2014 at a talk she was participating in about lighthouses, one of my loves also.
A movie by Dreamworks of the book was filmed mainly in Tasmania starring Michael Fassbender as Tom.
I bought her book, 'The Light Between Oceans' then, but left it unread until I heard the movie was coming out soon...next week in Australia, I think.
Sculpture by the Sea: More installations under threat by huge surf
"Two artworks are destroyed and another three have been damaged by a storm surge that hammered the world’s largest annual sculpture exhibition along Sydney’s coast.
Some artworks were dragged along the sand and into the water during wild weather between Bondi and Tamarama beaches on Monday, less than a week after the opening of the popular Sculptures by the Sea exhibition."
|I love Alessandra Rossi's unnamed sculpture. 'Spirit by the Sea'?|
I stopped there to see the famous Kiama Blowhole and the lighthouse that was next to it.
And that news story also reminded me of the sculptures and potential dangers I encountered on my last road-trip in Newcastle -
New Castle? See Change?
|The Kiama (Karma?-) Light remembering 100 years of war|
|The Kiama Blowhole|
|The Kiama Light, as the real light appears to descend behind the horizon|
'Thunder River Rapid Ride' at Dreamworld that I remembered that Chris Hemsworth was filming his new Thor (god of thunder?) movie just down the road at Warner Brothers studios, home of the Movieworld theme park.
Dreamworlds turning to dark worlds?
24 World Pieces into One Peace?
|Life is sometimes one deep dark puzzle|