Moby-Dick: or, The Whale Paperback – Jan 4 1993
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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.
From School Library Journal
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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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.
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.).Read more ›
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great book, had to read it again. came early and in great shape.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Pay attention to the format. It looks like a high school class book. Doesn't fit well in my library. The story is excellent, well writPublished 6 months ago by Yannick Labine
Too many distracting typographical errors. Main problem with this edition is that the front matter—Etymology and Extracts—is missing. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
A classic. Never been a fan. Bought it to read it again ( last time I did I was 16), I still am not a huge fanPublished 7 months ago by Amine
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