- Mass Market Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Classics; Reprint edition (Feb. 1 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780553213119
- ISBN-13: 978-0553213119
- ASIN: 0553213113
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.8 x 17.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 299 g
- Average Customer Review: 241 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #411,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Moby-Dick Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 1981
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"Responsive to the shaping forces of his age as only men of passionate imagination are, even Melville can hardly have been fully aware of how symbolical an American hero he had fashioned in Ahab."
--F. O. Matthiessen
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
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No American masterpiece casts quite as awesome a shadow as Melville's monumental Moby Dick. Mad Captain Ahab's quest for the White Whale is a timeless epic--a stirring tragedy of vengeance and obsession, a searing parable about humanity lost in a universe of moral ambiguity. It is the greatest sea story ever told. Far ahead of its own time, Moby Dick was largely misunderstood and unappreciated by Melville's contemporaries. Today, however, it is indisputably a classic. As D.H. Lawrence wrote, Moby Dick "commands a stillness in the soul, an awe . . . [It is] one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world."See all Product description
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It is a beautiful, though imperfect novel. The beauty of the language is stunning; some passages just beg to be read aloud! The incredible details of the historical context is also very impressive. The whaling industry, it's tools, methods and practices are described in such details that the book could have been used a manual for whalers. Unfortunately, all these (nevertheless) fascinating details can sometimes over-shadow the plot and character development. At the end of the book, you do not feel like you have gotten to know any of the characters, whether it's mad Ahab, his pragmatic first-mate Starbuck or the story's narrator, the mysterious Ishmael. The basic story-line (the ship leaves Nantucket, the crew hunts whales, they chase Moby-Dick until their inevitable fate) could have easily been written out in half of the book's 600 pages. However, those chapters focusing on the narrative are so enthralling that the other chapters instructing the reader about lines, whale oil and giant squids feel more like they give the book of sense of delayed gratification, rather than weighing it down.
I recommend "Moby-Dick" to anyone looking for a beautifully written book, and a tantalizing glimpse into the obsessive madness of one of literature's most intriguing captain.
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