Moby Dick

Herman Melville
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When the young Ishmael gets on board Captain Ahab's whaling ship, little does he suspect that the mission on which he is about to embark is the fulfilment of his master's obsessive desire for revenge on Moby Dick, a white whale who has already claimed countless human victims and destroyed many fleets. With some sinister crew members in their midst and the hazardous conditions of the sea to contend with, the expedition becomes increasingly dangerous the closer it gets to its quarry.

One of the great American novels, if not the greatest, Moby Dick epically combines rip-roaring adventure, a meticulously realistic portrayal of the whaling trade and a profound philosophical disquisition on the nature of good and evil.


Call me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the w...

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Herman Melville was born in New York City in 1819. When his father died, he was forced to leave school and find work. After passing through some minor clerical jobs, the eighteen-year-old young man shipped out to sea, first on…

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a true classic, beautiful novel

The great tragedy of this story is matched by its gorgeous, epic writing. The feeling of being immersed in its pages and intimate with its characters is what I long for. Moby-Dick is, without a question, one of the most remarkable interactions with language I've ever read

11/20/2022 11:53:36 PM
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a great american epic

I found myself unexpectedly delighted at moments, bored to tears at others, and even little repulsed by others. This was nonetheless a worthwhile read.

11/20/2022 7:20:48 PM
beautiful at all times

The Great American Novel. I read (and re-read) it slowly, limiting myself to a few pages at a time just so I could fully savor the prose.

11/22/2022 12:17:56 PM

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