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  1. Moby Dick (Wordsworth Classics)
    Moby Dick (Wordsworth Classics)
    Moby Dick (Wordsworth Classics)
    Moby Dick (Wordsworth Classics)
    Moby Dick (Wordsworth Classics)
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  2. Moby Dick (Wordsworth Classics)

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With an Introduction and Notes by David Herd. Lecturer in English and American Literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury Moby-Dick is the story of Captain Ahab's quest to avenge the whale that 'reaped' his leg. The quest is an obsession and the novel is a diabolical study of how a man becomes a fanatic. But it is also a hymn to democracy. Bent as the crew is on Ahab s appalling crusade, it is equally the image of a co-operative community at work: all hands dependent on all hands, each individual responsible for the security of each. Among the crew is Ishmael, the novel's narrator, ordinary sailor, and extraordinary reader. Digressive, allusive, vulgar, transcendent, the story Ishmael tells is above all an education: in the practice of whaling, in the art of writing.

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Herman Melville
Edition Unstated
Wordsworth Editions
Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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“Moby-Dick” is the 1851 novel by author Herman Melville, and it is considered to be one of the great American novels. “Call me Ishmael,” the books opening line, is one of the most famous opening sentences ever. Ishmael, narrates the story which is essentially a quest by Ahab, captain of the Nantucket whaler Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, a white whale which on a previous voyage destroyed Ahab's ship and caused him to be disfigured. It is the quintessential seafaring tale and has themes of death, god and revenge. David and Goliath style “overcoming the monster” stories, along with the stories of “revenge” are now common place in literature, but none are more memorable than this story about a whale. The book has a reputation as being a tedious read, which is not unfounded as Melville does at times digress into long and detailed descriptions. There are whole tangents on whale hunting, the different ways one can be killed when whaling,... Read more
I'm one of the millions who suffered through this book in high school, taking the easy road and primarily reading the Cliff Notes/Monarch Notes to get through this book. Ironically, I ended up being an English major in college, primarily focusing on British literature, so I never had the chance to experience this book again in the classroom. As a lifelong reader, I decided to go back and revisit the classics to find out why they were so labeled. I've read the first 7 of Charles Dickens 14-15 novels. After getting used to Dickens style, you can read anything. In many ways I find Melville similar in his verbosity. Like Dickens, it takes awhile to get used to his flowery language. And in this mammoth novel, you get plenty of time to do just that.

But once you get used to his style of prose, Melville is quite good. Of course the sections on whale genealogy are a bit dry, but the basic plot of man against nature, good vs evil is thoroughly engaging. Now I know why Moby... Read more
ITS LIKE A TREASURE HUNT!! This in not for those wanting a quick superficial read. this is very deep and is a wealth of treasure to be found. Make sure for your first time reading to have your internet handy for referencing words, phrases, and events of history mentioned in this ocean's depth of knowledge and meaning!!
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