Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
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A masterpiece of storytelling, this epic saga pits Ahab, a brooding and fantastical sea captain, against the great white whale that crippled him. In telling the tale of Ahab's passion for revenge and the fateful voyage that ensued, Melville produced far more than the narrative of a hair-raising journey; Moby-Dick is a tale for the ages that sounds the deepest depths of the human soul.
Interspersed with graphic sketches of life aboard a whaling vessel, and a wealth of information on whales and 19th-century whaling, Melville's greatest work presents an imaginative and thrilling picture of life at sea, as well as a portrait of heroic determination. The author's keen powers of observation and firsthand knowledge of shipboard life (he served aboard a whaler himself) were key ingredients in crafting a maritime story that dramatically examines the conflict between man and nature.
"A valuable addition to the literature of the day," said American journalist Horace Greeley on the publication of Moby-Dick in 1851 — a classic piece of understatement about a literary classic now considered by many as "the great American novel." Read and pondered by generations, the novel remains an unsurpassed account of the ultimate human struggle against the indifference of nature and the awful power of fate.


About Herman Melville

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Herman Melville (1819-1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet who received wide acclaim for his earliest novels, such as Typee and Redburn, but fell into relative obscurity by the end of his life. Today, Melville is hailed as one of the definitive masters of world literature for novels including Moby Dick and Billy Budd, as well as for enduringly popular short stories such as Bartleby, the Scrivener and The Bell-Tower.
Published March 5, 1998 by Oxford University Press, UK. 592 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Education & Reference, Religion & Spirituality, History, Crime, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels, Romance. Non-fiction

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The great white resurfaces in this gripping, comic book–style retelling. Comic-strip veterans Schwartz and Giordano condense Melville's leviathan tale into an action-packed, 48-page adve

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A three-day reading of “Moby-Dick” will take place beginning Friday at three independent bookstores in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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AP Novel: Moby Dick Author: Herman Melville In the classic novel Moby Dick, written by Herman.

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... Reviewed by Connie and Ingrid Published: 1851. It's about: Do you really not know? A huge sperm whale with a white hump bit off the leg of ...

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... Audiobook review – Moby Dick by Herman Melville narrated by Frank Muller worth a listen, if your aim is to get into the classics.

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... But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopaedia of whaling lore and legend, the book can be seen as part of its author's ...

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... Moby-Dick is a book which makes great demands of its readers, both in ... this little book will at least make you think about Melville's novel in a ...

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