No American masterpiece casts quite as awesome a shadow as Melville's monumental Moby Dick. Mad Captain Ahab's quest for the White Whale is a timeless epic--a stirring tragedy of vengeance and obsession, a searing parable about humanity lost in a universe of moral ambiguity. It is the greatest... show more
No American masterpiece casts quite as awesome a shadow as Melville's monumental Moby Dick. Mad Captain Ahab's quest for the White Whale is a timeless epic--a stirring tragedy of vengeance and obsession, a searing parable about humanity lost in a universe of moral ambiguity. It is the greatest sea story ever told. Far ahead of its own time, Moby Dick was largely misunderstood and unappreciated by Melville's contemporaries. Today, however, it is indisputably a classic. As D.H. Lawrence wrote, Moby Dick "commands a stillness in the soul, an awe . . . [It is] one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world."
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: 1981-03-01
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Pages no: 704
Edition language: English
Interesting read, but not my favorite story. Terribly long.
A shiphand named Ishmael meets other seafaring men including the strange and hypnotic Captain Ahab. Captain is obsessed with catching the the great white whale named Moby Dick. I started the book knowing there would be a lot about whales...probably too much. I thought I would give it a shot anyw...
Recommended for those interested in: Metaphors, adventure, mystery, philosophy, human nature Ishmael, feeling depressed with his mundane life, decides it is time for him to go on a voyage. The novel is an account of him in a whaling boat named Pequod, as they search for the White Whale. In Ishmael...
I first read Moby Dick as a child with an Illustrated Classics Edition, that series of small, pocketsize versions with pencil sketches on every other page. What made me read the book again in its unabridged form arose from watching this tv series on Animal Planet, "Whale Wars", which chronicles the ...
I know sometimes it's hard for people of this time to get into books written so long ago, but I read a lot of classics. I had sooooo much trouble with this one. It seemed just like a bunch of madness wrapped in references to stories from the bible, greek myths etc. Obviously Herman Melville was a...