Moby Dick, Or, The WhaleBook - 1992
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.
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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!
Precocious Matlida reads this in her namesake movie, based on the novel by Roald Dahl.
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 »