Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville

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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Read Online Free - "It is the horrible texture of a fabric that should be woven of ships' cables and hawsers. A Polar wind blows through it, and birds of prey hover over it."

So Melville wrote of his masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imaginations in literary history. In part, Moby-Dick is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopaedia of whaling lore and legend, the book can be seen as part of its author's lifelong meditation on America. Written with wonderfully redemptive humour, Moby-Dick is also a profound inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.

This edition of Moby-Dick, which reproduces the definitive text of the novel, includes invaluable explanatory notes, along with maps, illustrations, and a glossary of nautical terms.

Title : Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
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ISBN : 0142437247
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 663 pages


Jason rated it ★★★★★

August 26, 2016

“Where the White Whale, yo?” Ah, my first DBR. And possibly my last, as this could be a complete shit show. Approaching a review of Moby-Dick in a state of sobriety just wasn’t cutting it, though. So let’s raise our glasses to Option B, yeah? I fucking love this book. It took me eight hundred years...

Matt rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 26, 2016

LISA: Dad, you can't take revenge on an animal. That's the whole point of Moby Dick. HOMER: Oh Lisa, the point of Moby Dick is 'be yourself.' -- The Simpsons, Season 15, Episode 5, “The Fat and the Furriest” There, there. Stop your crying. You didn’t like Herman Melville’s Moby Dick? You didn't eve...

Michael rated it ★★★★★

September 25, 2017

UPDATED! I re-read Moby-Dick following my research trips to the whaling museums of New Bedford and Nantucket whaling museums. The particular edition I read from University of California Press is HIGHLY recommended as the typeface is extremely agreeable to the eyes and the illustrations are subtl...

Jamie rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 03, 2008

So, Herman Melville's Moby Dick is supposed by many to be the greatest Engligh-language novel ever written, especially among those written in the Romantic tradition. Meh. It's not that I don't get that there's a TON of complexity, subtlety, and depth to this book about a mad captain's quest for re...

karen rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 04, 2013

i tried. Both ends of the line are exposed; the lower end terminating in an eye-splice or loop coming up from the bottom against the side of the tub, and hanging over its edge completely disengaged from everything. This arrangement of the lower end is necessary on two accounts. First: In order to...

Bookdragon Sean rated it ★☆☆☆☆

May 28, 2016

I hate this book so much. It is impossible to ignore the literary merit of this work though; it is, after all, a piece of innovative literature. Melville broke narrative expectations when he shed the narrator Ishmael and burst through with his infinite knowledge of all things whale. It was most...

David rated it ★★★★★

August 03, 2016

There once was a grouchy alpha whale named Moby Dick who -- rather than being agreeably shorn of his blubber and having lumpy sperm scooped out of his cranium like cottage cheese -- chose life. Unlike so many shiftless, layabout sea mammals of his generation, Moby Dick did not go gentle into that...

Esteban rated it ★★★★★

September 04, 2010

Everyone eventually comes across the White Whale in one form or another. The trick is to not keep its attention for too long. ***** Avast! Dost thee have a five spot thou can see thyself parting ways with? No? Jibberjab up the wigwam! Cuisinart the poopdeck! What's that ye say? Thou canst not make hea...

Nataliya rated it ★★★☆☆

December 04, 2013

I was that precocious brat who first read the whale-esque sized Moby-Dick at the age of nine. Why? I had my reasons, and they were twofold: (1) I was in the middle of my "I love Jacques Cousteau!" phase, and this book had a picture of a whale on the cover.(2) It was on the bookshelf juuuuust abov...

Lyn rated it ★★★★☆

November 18, 2017

“Call me Ishmael.” – OK, even those who have not read Melville’s words, know about this iconic beginning. Why Ishmael? Why not. “Consider the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints...

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