Moby Dick, Or, The Whale

Moby Dick, Or, The Whale

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A classic of the sea, telling of the pursuit of Moby Dick, the white whale who defied capture. October 18th, 2001, marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of the greatest novel in American literature. The Modern Library trade paperback edition exclusively features the timeless illustrations of Rockwell Kent, an Introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick, commentary by Herman Melville and William T. Porter, contemporary reviews from John Bull and The Critic, endnotes, and a reading group guide.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1992
Edition: Modern Library ed
ISBN: 9780679600107
0679600108
Branch Call Number: F MEL
Characteristics: xxxv, 822 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Whale
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AL_JEREMIAH Aug 08, 2016

Moby Dick is philosophical adventure story, full of information on whales, and meditations on the sea, eternity, and humanity. “Call me Ishmael,” is how the narrator begins the story that leads to his experience on The Pequod whaling ship with its multi-ethnic crew — including Queequeg, Starbuck, and Stubb — all under the burden of Captain Ahab’s fanatical pursuit for the white whale. Melville takes the particulars of whaling to address larger universal truths and concerns, brought forth in rapturous philosophical/theological/existential outpourings on nature and fate. What also impressed me is the realness quality of the story; it’s as if you’re actually there: you can smell the sea, feel the wind in your hair, see the whales. There’s a good amount of action, too: chase scenes and horrific whale-hunting/murder scenes. The language is another highpoint: beautiful eloquent mid-19th century style American English, heavily influenced by the King James Bible and Shakespeare. I’ve never read anything like it.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

Not for the tepid reader. When you cut away all the histories and factoids there is really very little story left (Moby Dick doesn't even make an appearance until the final three of 135 chapters). But what is left is amazing.

The characters are unique and unforgettable. Though we're not as close to Queequeg and Ahab and Ishmael as we may wish to be, what little we get of each is wonderful. And the other characters, human and non, animate and inanimate. Here is a story where the ship and ocean come to life.

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