Preparing the Ghost
Preparing the Ghost
An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer
Matthew Gavin Frank



Part giant squid, part historical investigation, part ice cream memoir. Don't expect your typical oceanic essay, instead read in awe as Frank explores the limits of memory and sea monsters.—Recommended by Cassie, City Lights Books

Memory, mythology, and obsession collide in this "slyly charming" (New York Times Book Review) account of the giant squid.

In 1874, Moses Harvey―eccentric Newfoundland reverend and amateur naturalist―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 Harvey's story becomes spectacularly "slippery and many-armed" (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 Harvey's Newfoundland home, his own childhood and family history, and a catalog of peculiar facts that recall Melville 's story of obsession with another deep-sea dwelling leviathan. "Totally original and haunting" (Flavorwire), Preparing the Ghost is a delightfully unpredictable inquiry into the big, beautiful human impulse to obsess.

Title Preparing the Ghost
Subtitle An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer
Author Matthew Gavin Frank
Publisher Liveright
Title First Published 12 June 2015
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 320 p.
ISBN-10 1631490567
ISBN-13 9781631490569
Publication Date 12 June 2015
Main content page count 320
Weight 16 oz.
 


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