Moby Dick

Moby Dick

eBook - 1998
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"Call me Ishmael" is the iconic opening line of Herman Melville's classic American novel, "Moby-Dick." Ishmael is a seaman aboard the whaling vessel, "Pequod, " under the vengeful captain, Ahab. Maniacally seeking retribution from the great white sperm whale called Moby-Dick -- the whale responsible for the captain's missing leg -- Ahab leads the crew on a quest to kill the infamous beast. A fictional work based on actual events, "Moby-Dick" is a classic that has been enjoyed for generations and is now available as part of the "Word Cloud Classic series, " making it a stylish and affordable addition to any library.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
ISBN: 9780585361703
Characteristics: 1 online resource (liv, 602 p.)
Additional Contributors: Tanner, Tony
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Jul 30, 2012

This is great! I loved ishmael having to sleep with a canibal-their relationship is so funny and yet so American. Maybe the ultimate American novel. Also am very caught up in the industry of whaling. out side of it being taboo in my lifetime, it was a huge part of our economy in the 1800's- and our energy before electricity and petroleum- a history we could learn something from.

Apr 22, 2012

I'm going to skip the words of praise for this book because you've probably already heard them. Some observations: 1) This book came out the same year as Darwin's Origin of Species. It's amazing because, in the chapters describing whales, evidence of evolution is described though not identified as such. It's clear that they had all the information they needed to see evolution in those days, it just took Darwin to interpret it. 2) This is one of those books that is amazing while you're reading it but it's hard to pick up. I would recommend setting yourself a schedule. 3) Looking for a similar but easier/more modern book to read afterwards? Interested in the subject matter of Moby Dick but can't get through the language? Try The Terror by Dan Simmons. It's amazing, it's similar to Moby Dick in some ways, but it's different enough that comparing them won't diminish either of them.


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