Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer

Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer

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Memory, mythology, and obsession collide in this a€œslyly charminga€ (New York Times Book Review) account of the giant squid. In 1874, Moses Harveya€”eccentric Newfoundland reverend and amateur naturalista€”was the first person to photograph the near-mythic giant squid, draping it over his shower curtain rod to display its magnitude. In Preparing the Ghost, what begins as Harveya€™s story becomes spectacularly a€œslippery and many-armeda€ (NewYorker.com) as Matthew Gavin Frank winds his narrative tentacles around history, creative nonfiction, science, memoir, and meditations about the interrelated nature of them all. In his full-hearted, lyrical style, Frank weaves in playful forays about his trip to Harveya€™s Newfoundland home, his own childhood and family history, and a catalog of peculiar facts that recall Melville a€™s story of obsession with another deep-sea dwelling leviathan. a€œTotally original and hauntinga€ (Flavorwire), Preparing the Ghost is a delightfully unpredictable inquiry into the big, beautiful human impulse to obsess.is a cake, according to the blog Cloth and Fodder, which insists that the dessert need be whitechocolatebased and ... is a character in Team Club Penguin Cheats, some sort of gameplaying group whose mission, with every sentence in it anbsp;...


Title:Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer
Author: Matthew Gavin Frank
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2014-07-07
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