Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville
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...I would advise anyone remotely interested in American literature to get their hands on this book, and anyone who begrudgingly read it under duress in high school to revisit it again under better circumstances.
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“Call me Ishmael.”

Thus begins one of the most famous journeys in literature—the voyage of the whaling ship Pequod and its embattled, monomaniacal Captain Ahab. Ishmael quickly learns that the Pequod’s captain sails for revenge against the elusive Moby Dick, a sperm whale with a snow-white hump and mottled skin that destroyed Ahab’s former vessel and left him crippled. As the Pequod sails deeper through the nights and into the sea, the divisions between man and nature begin to blur—so do the lines between good and evil, as the fates of the ship’s crewmen become increasingly unclear....

Melville’s classic tale of obsession and the sea, one of the most important and enduring masterworks of nineteenth-century literature, Moby Dick is a riveting drama, exploring rage, hope, destiny, and the deepest questions of moral truth.

 

About Herman Melville

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Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was the author of such classics as Billy Budd and Moby Dick.
 
Published October 1, 2011 by Wordsworth Editions. 366 pages
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Reviewed by Bryan McKay on Dec 14 2009

...I would advise anyone remotely interested in American literature to get their hands on this book, and anyone who begrudgingly read it under duress in high school to revisit it again under better circumstances.

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Reviewed by Jeremy Harding on Sep 10 2014

Moby-Dick is a torrent of rhetorical figures. Assimilation, metonymy, analogy and metaphor swirl about the reader like brine. By and large it’s a success.

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on Apr 10 2001

...it is truly unique. If you haven't read it since you were a teen, give it another try now; you'll be surprised at the complex and multi-layered tale you'll find in these pages.

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