Moby Dick, Or, The Whale

Moby Dick, Or, The Whale

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Illustrated by Rockwell Kent * Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

First published in 1851, Herman Melville's masterpiece is, in Elizabeth Hardwick's words, "the greatest novel in American literature." The saga of Captain Ahab and his monomaniacal pursuit of the white whale remains a peerless adventure story but one full of mythic grandeur, poetic majesty, and symbolic power. Filtered through the consciousness of the novel's narrator, Ishmael, Moby-Dick draws us into a universe full of fascinating characters and stories, from the noble cannibal Queequeg to the natural history of whales, while reaching existential depths that excite debate and contemplation to this day.

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1992
Edition: Modern Library ed
ISBN: 9780679600107
0679600108
Branch Call Number: CF MELVILLE
Characteristics: xxxv, 822 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Kent, Rockwell 1882-1971
Alternative Title: Moby Dick
Whale

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Reading "Moby Dick" was one of the most rewarding reading experiences I've ever had. I'm so glad I did it!

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ArapahoeKati Aug 24, 2018

Precocious Matlida reads this in her namesake movie, based on the novel by Roald Dahl.

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ArapahoeJeremiah 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,... Read More »


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ArapahoeJeremiah 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.

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