Moby Dick, Or, The Whale

Moby Dick, Or, The Whale

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Part of Penguin’s beautiful hardcover Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.

In part, Moby-Dick is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopedia of whaling lore and legend, Moby-Dick is a haunting, mesmerizing, and important social commentary populated with several of the most unforgettable and enduring characters in literature. Written with wonderfully redemptive humor, Moby-Dick is a profound and timeless inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.

This edition contains the definitive text of Moby-Dick based on the Northwestern-Newberry edition. It also features an introduction by Andrew Delbanco and explanatory commentary by Tom Quirk.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Features Captain Ahab who is an eerily compelling madman who focuses his distilled hatred and suffering (and that of generations before him) into the pursuit of a creature as vast, dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. This title is a haunting social commentary populated with some of the most enduring characters in literature.

Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780141199603
Branch Call Number: FIC Melvi
Characteristics: li, 65 p. : ill., maps. --
Alternative Title: Whale
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Aug 24, 2017

The writer tells the story of a man voyaging to see whales. The story emphasizes Moby Dick, an albino sperm whale, that one of the crew members wants revenge on for taking his leg. An interesting set of characters and very diverse, the story is also heavily influenced by Shakespeare and the Bible. What I thought of the novel, however, was that it was deep but there were unnecessary pages, completely describing how boats work. It may just be me from my modern age perspective but this is very difficult to read, and I often caught myself daydreaming.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 04, 2017

Purposely prepare yourself, before reading Moby Dick for the first time.
Try to distance yourself from it's earning a classic status over it's history.
It has nothing to do with modern proclivities or sensibilities and therefore, can not be assessed by comparisons to the contemporary world. It is a remarkably-vivid window into the Human Nature of a bygone era. When "high adventure" was only measured by surviving it.
For your Soul to grasp the magnitude of the tale, for your Heart to exalt in its passions,
allow your imagination all the capacity it requires, to fully immerse yourself in the story's time and place. How much your expectations are exceeded, is proportional to how many you have in the first place.
Read this book..... on IT'S own terms.
It instills distinctive understandings about Life.
Then you can put those to use....... on YOUR own terms.

Apr 25, 2017

The masterpiece of all literature everything is in there . A metaphysical work of art. ASTONISHING. I read it in the eight grade and still read it now. An excellent beach book or sitting in front of the fire in my cabin on the woods . 420

Sep 08, 2016

This book is an epic tale, a masterpiece, and a revered piece of literature as a timeless classic for a reason. Melville commands your attention instantly, and although for some this may be a difficult read that requires pages to be read multiple times, this is a book that you will never regret reading. It is remarkably poetic and humorous for a book about a whale, and the real beauty of the book is that it really isn’t about a whale at all – it is about the exploration of the human condition, in every aspect you could explore. You cannot go into this book reading it just to read it, as many do with classics; this book deserves respect in its eloquence and the ability that Melville has to draw so many parallels between what it means to be a human and whales. - @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 12, 2016

I've tried to get through this over years...finally relied on Nathaniel Philbrick to explain it to me. What a difference.

EnchantedShyRose Mar 06, 2016

Moby Dick lol

BookMatchLibrarian Jan 26, 2016

Melville's legendary tale of an obsessed sea captain and his pursuit of the monstrous whale that bit off his leg

Jan 13, 2016

Good read, But it captures whales as monsters. I know that's not true, plus I'm not too fond of the killing of these intelligent, socially complex beautiful creatures.

Jun 29, 2015


Jun 29, 2015

yeah boring..but to be fair only read a few pages..but did not have the inclination to continue

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ellensix Oct 09, 2015

"I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing."
—Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

Jun 29, 2014

"Call me Ishmael"

Jan 02, 2014

The more so, I say, because truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.

Jan 02, 2014

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.

Jan 02, 2014

"Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever."

Jan 02, 2014

"Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can."

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