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Moby Dick: or, the White Whale [Kindle Edition]

Herman Melville
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Avec Moby Dick, Melville a donné naissance à un livre-culte et inscrit dans la mémoire des hommes un nouveau mythe : celui de la baleine blanche. Fort de son expérience de marin, qui a nourri ses romans précédents et lui a assuré le succès, l'écrivain américain, alors en pleine maturité, raconte la folle quête du capitaine Achab et sa dernière rencontre avec le grand cachalot. Véritable encyclopédie de la mer, nouvelle Bible aux accents prophétiques, parabole chargée de thèmes universels, Moby Dick n'en reste pas moins construit avec une savante maîtrise, maintenant un suspense lent, qui s'accélère peu à peu jusqu'à l'apocalypse finale. L'écriture de Melville, infiniment libre et audacieuse, tour à tour balancée, puis hachée au rythme des houles, des vents et des passions humaines, est d'une richesse exceptionnelle. Il faut remonter à Shakespeare pour trouver l'exemple d'une langue aussi inventive, d'une poésie aussi grandiose. --Scarbo

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Grade 5 Up-Opening with the classic line, "Call me Ishmael," the narrator's New England accent adds a touch of authenticity to this sometimes melodramatic presentation. The St. Charles Players do a credible job on the major roles, but some of the group responses, such as "Aye, aye Captain," sound more comic than serious. This adaptation retains a good measure of Melville's dialogue and key passages which afford listeners a vivid connection with the lengthy novel. Background music and appropriate sound effects enhance the telling of the story about Captain Ahab's obsessive pursuit of the malevolent white whale. The cassettes are clearly marked, and running times are noted on each side of the tapes. Announcements at the beginning of each side and a subtle chime signal at the end make it easy to follow the story, but a stereo player must be used to hear some dialogue. The lightweight cardboard package is inadequate for circulation. Done in a radio theatre format, the recording does a nice job of introducing the deeper themes of the book and covering the major events. For school libraries that support an American literature curriculum, this recording offers a different interpretation of an enduring classic.
Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library. Rocky Hill, CT
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 855 KB
  • Print Length: 556 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456529463
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TRXX7C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This side idolatry July 24 2013
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In a letter about this book, Melville wrote he had written a book "this side idolatry".

The White Whale is the Christian God. Ahab is us.

"He piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart's shell upon it."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic April 8 2014
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Great action story with most of the action inside the emotions. This is a classic for a reason. Glad I read it
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bizarre book, but with such wonderful language and imagery Nov. 15 2011
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To say that Moby Dick is long, rambling, and weird, would be to understate the case. Many - perhaps most - of its 135 chapters are entirely extraneous to the plot. There are long unnecessary discourses on obscure whaling practices. Minor characters are introduced at length...and then promptly forgotten. Even the main character - the narrator - fades into obscurity as the book shifts from a first-person narrative to a more omniscient perspective. Apparently, more than one contemporary reviewer of Melville thought that the author had literally gone insane while writing the book...and perhaps he did.

But it's all really wonderful! Here's what I like about it: Often-brilliant prose with beautiful words, amazing extended metaphors, and vivid imagery. That's it in a nutshell. Even chapters that have nothing to do with the plot are fun to read when they're written well.

We live in a modern society that is often depressingly impatient. I think it's too bad that modern readers want their books to get started, move quickly, get to the point, and be done with it already! It's weird, isn't it? We read books because we (hopefully) want to read them; they provide an interesting diversion. Why, then, are we impatient for them to be over? Why not enjoy each chapter of Moby Dick for its own sake? Weird, rambling, but brilliant, they are enjoyable, if you suspend the need for instant gratification. I think it helps that I have a two hour commute in the car every day, and listened to this as an audiobook.

Oh, one other interesting side-note: The book has remarkable thoughts / insights / scientific questions about whales. One fascinating thing to think about is the visual system of whales. Whales have two eyes on either side of their enormous, massive heads. There's no way they can see directly in front of themselves... which means that means they almost definitely perceive two entirely-distinct visual fields. How are those disparate visual signals combined in the brain? How does a whale process spatial information? What a remarkable question Herman Melville posed in the 1850s!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Man I was stupid in High School... Oct. 26 2011
By mike996 - Published on
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Well, not really stupid but i just didn't have whatever it took to appreciate this novel. I tried to slog through it back then and I don't even recall if I actually made it; I certainly didn't remember any of it. But I just read it again for what felt like the first time and wow...

This book has more passages worth quoting on a variety of subjects than anything I have ever read. It's a wonderful story about whaling and about human nature. It brings alive an extremely important part of American history and the spirit that made this country what it is. I used to be amused that it was considered a "great American Novel." I thought a great novel was something like "Coma" or "Timeline." : ButI suspect that for other than the really intelligent and perceptive (of which I certainly was not as a youngster) the scope and feeling of this book may not be apparent until one has quite a few years under his/her belt.

An absolutely glorious work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Speak not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me Dec 10 2013
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The white whale tasks me; he heaps me. Yet he is but a mask. 'Tis the thing behind the mask I chiefly hate; the malignant thing that has plagued mankind since time began; the thing that maws and mutilates our race, not killing us outright but letting us live on, with half a heart and half a lung. We all have so much in common with Captain Ahab, be it hate, fear, loathing or losses. Great book, classic which due to the old English is not read enough.

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet the magnificent white whale and improve your vocab in the process. Dec 4 2013
By Katya W. Mills - Published on
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Melville really captures life on the Northeast Atlantic seaboard, rugged and raw. The writing is clear and though the plot is not always driving forward on every page, such is the allowance for great writers anywhere. The characters are fascinating. I doubt I would have continued reading, if it weren't for Melvilles gift of characterization. Not unlike Charles Dickens, in his ability to draw up such a clear image in your mind. Television will never paint a picture so clear! One thing that is nice about reading this on a kindle was the ability to look up words. Melvilles vocabulary is huge and I found an interesting word I did not know, every few pages or less. And in between the lines, you can find a wonderful love of life and sense of humor. Man against the elements. Let Melville take you into his world for a while, and meet the magnificent white whale. You won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tough but worthwhile July 29 2013
By psycho1 - Published on
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It is done! Took me about 4 months but so glad I persevered. Sometimes we must learn to let our issues go.
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