Moby Dick, Or, The Whale

Moby Dick, Or, The Whale

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Herman Melville's classic American novelOn board the whaling ship Pequod a crew of wise men and fools, renegades and seeming phantoms is hurled through treacherous seas by a crazed captain hell-bent on hunting down the mythic White Whale. Melville transforms the little world of the whale-ship into a crucible where mankind's fears, faith and frailties are pitted against a relentless fate. Teeming with ideas and imagery, and with its extraordinary, compressed intensity sustained by mischievous irony and moments of exquisite beauty, Moby-Dick is both a great American epic and a most profoundly imaginative literary creation.

With an afterword by Nigel Cliff.
Publisher: London : Macmillan Collector's Library, 2016.
ISBN: 9781509826643
Characteristics: 767 pages ;,16 cm.

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Anita_Dickey
Sep 19, 2018

I read this book to fulfil the goal read an allegory. It has been on my bucket list for a long time. I really enjoyed it even if I did find the ending a bit weird. It is also on listopia's 300 books everyone should read once list. I think it belongs there

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sheepnbeef
Aug 17, 2018

Many reviewers on this page seem to be confused. This is the graphic novel version of Moby Dick and it is incredible. The art style fits the tone perfectly and younger readers can enjoy the iconic story without having to muscle through the dense original novel. Read it if you're a graphic novel fan!

ArapahoeKarenQB Jul 23, 2018

I love the classics, but I couldn't get past the endless descriptions of all the different whales. The story is great overall, but Melville needed an editor to help him cut!

SPPL_Joey Mar 18, 2018

"Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off--then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can."

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gomiami1972
Jan 26, 2018

Normally included in the list of great western civ classics. For the life of me, I can not understand why. My hardbound copy has 419 pages. The actual story is roughly 100ish pages and is compelling, perhaps a 4 star rating. The rest is borderline absurd. Melville dabbles in many fields he has limited erudition. He wears the hat of the historian, zoologist, philosopher, theologian and writer. Unfortunately, he is a bad historian and zoologist, and only a mediocre philosopher and theologian. He also has the annoying tendency to switch to Early Modern English, even though the book and story are centered around 1850, hundreds of years past when Modern English replaced EME. A few times for literary effect, fine. Every time you enter into highbrow manifestos, no. Why did Melville do this...because he read Shakespeare for the first time just before writing Moby Dick. I guess it could have been worse. Melville could have read Chaucer and then we would have had to suffer through Middle English. Moby Dick is not terrible. It is also not a great classic.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 24, 2017

The writer tells the story of a man voyaging to see whales. The story emphasizes Moby Dick, an albino sperm whale, that one of the crew members wants revenge on for taking his leg. An interesting set of characters and very diverse, the story is also heavily influenced by Shakespeare and the Bible. What I thought of the novel, however, was that it was deep but there were unnecessary pages, completely describing how boats work. It may just be me from my modern age perspective but this is very difficult to read, and I often caught myself daydreaming.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Weyes2Wonder
Aug 04, 2017

Purposely prepare yourself, before reading Moby Dick for the first time.
Try to distance yourself from it's earning a classic status over it's history.
It has nothing to do with modern proclivities or sensibilities and therefore, can not be assessed by comparisons to the contemporary world. It is a remarkably-vivid window into the Human Nature of a bygone era. When "high adventure" was only measured by surviving it.
For your Soul to grasp the magnitude of the tale, for your Heart to exalt in its passions,
allow your imagination all the capacity it requires, to fully immerse yourself in the story's time and place. How much your expectations are exceeded, is proportional to how many you have in the first place.
Read this book..... on IT'S own terms.
It instills distinctive understandings about Life.
Then you can put those to use....... on YOUR own terms.

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patch666
Apr 25, 2017

The masterpiece of all literature everything is in there . A metaphysical work of art. ASTONISHING. I read it in the eight grade and still read it now. An excellent beach book or sitting in front of the fire in my cabin on the woods . 420

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 08, 2016

This book is an epic tale, a masterpiece, and a revered piece of literature as a timeless classic for a reason. Melville commands your attention instantly, and although for some this may be a difficult read that requires pages to be read multiple times, this is a book that you will never regret reading. It is remarkably poetic and humorous for a book about a whale, and the real beauty of the book is that it really isn’t about a whale at all – it is about the exploration of the human condition, in every aspect you could explore. You cannot go into this book reading it just to read it, as many do with classics; this book deserves respect in its eloquence and the ability that Melville has to draw so many parallels between what it means to be a human and whales. - @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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IV27HUjg
Jul 12, 2016

I've tried to get through this over years...finally relied on Nathaniel Philbrick to explain it to me. What a difference.

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ellensix Oct 09, 2015

"I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing."
—Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

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AlexQ0
Jun 29, 2014

"Call me Ishmael"

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EricaReynolds
Jan 02, 2014

The more so, I say, because truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.

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EricaReynolds
Jan 02, 2014

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.

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EricaReynolds
Jan 02, 2014

"Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever."

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EricaReynolds
Jan 02, 2014

"Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can."

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