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Moby-Dick: or, The Whale Paperback – Jan 4 1993

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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New edition edition (Jan. 4 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140390847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140390841
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 3.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 281 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,516,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This classic of American literature is the masterfully written account of the ill-fated voyage of the Pequod, a whaling ship sailing from Nantucket, under the command of Captain Ahab, who is blinded by a desire to avenge the loss of his leg to a particularly ferocious white sperm whale. The story is told form the spectator point of you of Ishmael, who was hired as a deck hand when the ship left port.

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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I didn't read it. It came in text book form not actual book form. The letters were Soo small. It's sitting on my book shelf till I get another one in normal book form. Can't send it back it will cost more to send back then the price of the book. 😕
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The thing I always tell people about Moby Dick is that the beginning is lighthearted fun, the ending is amazing, and the middle is (to be blunt) quite dull. I think most people who make it to the end love the book, but getting there is a chore because Melville spends a great deal of time either talking about minutia of the whaling trade, or going off onto tangents almost in a stream of consciousness fashion that seem to have very little to do with the narrative (he devotes an entire chapter to telling why the color white is frightening, and another to listing characters from legend whom he identifies as whalers (Perseus I can see, but St. George?)). The language is gloriously poetic in places, but other times it rambles almost aimlessly and feels very convoluted and self-indulgent, even by 19th century standards. (Yes, I know these are qualities that the book's devotees hold dear, but they're also the reason that so many people never finish the thing. Might as well be honest about it.)
At the end, it's extremely disturbing getting into Ahab's head and understanding what makes him tick-disturbing because it's present in all of us, an instrinsic part of the human condition: his rage at not being God. Ahab is pride incarnate, with all the hatred that comes with it. (The story of Jonah, sermonized in the beginning, is ultimately one of the need for humility before God, with the whale as God's agent. And it's important that Jonah's sin is not merely disobedience but a refusal to go on a mission of mercy.).
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I can't believe I read this whole book. In fact, I was so proud of myself for reading this entire novel that I wanted to put it as a key accomplishment on my resume. Ok, maybe I'm lying just a little bit. Maybe I skipped over a lot of the songs. Does that still count? I don't think the songs had a lot of relevance to the overall story and, let's be honest, this is a dense book. It took me a good few months to get through this, only because of the language style and the fact that it contains in depth detail on whaling, fishing, and sailing (like different types of rope) -- topics that I am not the most interested in. But the story is amazing. I grew to really love the characters, and when I was finally fished the book and read the last pages, I felt truly sad that these characters would no longer be in my life. It was such an epic journey and I legitimately felt emotions after reading this story. It is a true classic and anyone who loves adventure or fantasy should read this book. It should be a prerequisite for all epic reading.
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Finally read it this past winter. Melville's sentences are a thrill. At times there is too much detail, his storytelling resembles a whaling journey, plenty of digressions, periods of stillness. The whale, the book: indescribable, undefinable, mythic, enormous, there for us between our birth and our death. Happy to have it imprinted upon my brain. Four stars only because, despite the book's genius, it's very 1851.
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