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Moby Dick; Or, The Whale

By Herman Melville
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Publisher Description

American author Herman Melville published his first novel, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, in 1851. The story of Ahab, the captain of the whaling ship Pequod, and his irrational pursuit for vengeance against Moby Dick, the huge white sperm whale that wounded him on a previous journey, is told in the book by the sailor Ishmael. Moby-Dick, a work that contributed to the literature of the American Renaissance, had received mixed reviews upon publication, was a commercial flop, and was out of print when the author passed away in 1891. It wasn't until the 20th century, on the centennial of its author's birth in 1919, that it gained recognition as a "Great American Novel." William Faulkner expressed regret for not having written the novel himself, while D. H. Lawrence praised it as "the best book of the sea ever written" and "one of the oddest and most wonderful books in the world." One of the most well-known starting lines in all of literature is "Call me Ishmael." Moby-Dick was started by Melville in February 1850, and it was finished a year later than he had intended, in 18 months. Melville drew on his observations as a common sailor between 1841 and 1844, especially those of whalers, as well as extensive reading in the literature on whaling.

1323 Reviews

“'Hast thou seen the white whale?' By far one of the hardest and longest books I have ever read in my life, but oh man was it rewarding! The amount of depth Herman narrates into the description of whaling and all things sailing makes this such a more detailed and interesting read. Was it hard at times? Yes, but without that, it wouldn't make the book what it is. Do I love the story more, the characters, or the detail and the writing itself? Is it the surprisingly humourous Ishmael? The shocking friendship he builds with Queequeg? Or the obsessive Ahab? Or perhaps it's how vivid a world of sailing and whaling is made for you, how vivid it becomes inside your imagination, and how captivating that world is. You are almost aboard the Pequod yourself, with a Captain fixated with finding a whale, not just any whale, but the one and only white whale named Moby Dick. The whale who costs Ahab his leg and whom he seeks to hunt tirelessly and avenge, with a crew so loyal and devoted to him in his quest, who join him on a journey of a lifetime, right up until to the very end. I will never write like this and I will never read a book written like this ever again so I will appreciate it all for what it truly is, which of course is a rare literary masterpiece.”
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