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Whalefall review: Stunning novel about being swallowed by a whale



In a strange shift, Jay comes to care for the sperm whale’s well-being

Blue Planet Archive/Alamy

Daniel Kraus (Simon & Schuster)
US: hardback UK: Ebook; hardback 9 November

COMPARISONS are a reviewer’s best friend. Not sure how to fully describe the impact of a novel? Simply find other titles that contain elements of the story in question and use them to help do the work.

Daniel Kraus’s Whalefall comes especially freighted with ready-made associations. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville is the obvious reference point. After all, Kraus’s novel also focuses on an intimate …

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