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Thank you for your feedback. Read reviews that mention melville whale classic whaling ahab american whales ishmael pages chapters literature sea captain ship herman readers adventure chapter tale century. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I read Moby-Dick several times in college almost forty years ago. Now I'm taking a night class and reading it with life experience of forty years. Awe is the feeling that constantly gets evoked as I read. That is the word that repeats again and again in my head.
Moby-Dick is a vibrantly colored hot air balloon that keeps growing in size as I read it. First, Melville's subject is the sperm whale, the largest creature on earth. But we don't just learn about the sperm whale but about all whales. Then we learn about whaling and its nobility.
Here is where it gets very interesting. We participate in whaling, its skill, equipment, courage, risks and economy AND about how it results in the gruesome destruction of the whale.
We feel the horror inflicted on the whales and we feel the nobility of the activity that slaughters them. Melville doesn't allow us to avert our eyes either to the daring of whaling or to the viciousness of the slaughter. That is where the book inflates even more because he holds both perspectives equally which is a much larger place than if he had taken sides. The book also foreshadows modernism by using a variety of narrative techniques; theater, pure narration, encyclopedic explanations and subjective interior monologues. Melville is constantly breaking up the narrative with omniscient recitations of fascinating information about his subject matter.
There are many references with regard to Ahab and the Whale regarding evil and Satan. Yet Ahab has great respect and reverence for Moby Dick. Ahab himself knows he is obsessed and but can have great compassion like his feelings for the lowly addled Pip. So yes there is evil afoot in the book but it isn't the kind that that creates simple polar opposites.
There is evil and there is also goodness that coexists in the book making the reader feel that he has to take sides. If the reader resists this temptation he or she will experience the awe of a deep and ever expanding mystery. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. When I read this book in my youth I loved every page of it. At the time, I was fascinated by everything having to do with the sea.
Rereading the book after many years have passed, I still find it a good book, but I found passages in the middle tedious where the narrator discusses the natural history of whales of course, without the insights we now have. I still recommend it for its unusual plot, symbolic suggestiveness and vivid characters. Developing a curiosity as to how people at that time thought differently about whales and whaling can help with the general passages on those subjects.
This review is for the Norton Critical th Anniversary Edition. I've read several other versions, as this is one of my favorite books, and this edition would easily be in my Top editions to own. Despite being a paperback and filled with supplemental material, I was surprised at how compact it is.
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The annotations and illustrations really add to your reading enjoyment of this classic novel. Nathaniel Philbrick is a brilliant writer.
His prose is flowing and clear, and he has chosen his excerpts from this towering work well. So why four stars and not five?
The final chapter of this wonderful book seemed vague and the concluding paragraphs felt like a contradiction to every valid point in the previous pages. It is almost as though the editor said to Philbrick: This abridged version makes a rather dense and challenging classic book accessible to readers because 1 the passages included are original and not massacred by rewriting and 2 The illustrations draw from important historical collections from New Bedford and Nantucket.
I would highly recommend this edition to anyone hoping for a leg-up to the wonders of Moby Dick. I liked the writing but the plot and subject matter didn't interest me very much. Jan 04, Nicole rated it really liked it.
Well, we have to love the Ahabs of the world, don't we? His passion is unmatched and it ends up being the one thing he can't escape. Too bad he brings everyone else down with him! His madness was tangible. Melville's writing is fabulous. It has such a poetic strain to it. Totally enjoyed this particular edition with pictures and all. I was also reminded of the book "Ahab's Wife" which gave such insight into this incredible man.
There's some wild adventure in this book. And in this book pretty much the whole thing is in the sea.
This book also shows one thing - you never know what's going to happen in the future and sometimes good friends can be different from you but they can still have heart. Oct 06, Annie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nov 04, Paige added it. Melinda rated it liked it Aug 02, Joanne rated it really liked it Oct 06, Blanca Coronel rated it it was ok Nov 03, Dale Henderson rated it it was amazing Dec 27, Katie rated it liked it Dec 01, Seth rated it really liked it Jun 06, Florence rated it it was amazing Mar 01, Anton rated it really liked it Aug 04, Bob rated it liked it Jun 21,