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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Tin House Books; First Edition edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935639137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935639138
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 10 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Not so much honored as reimagined, Moby-Dick in Kish's hands is the vertiginous immersive experience Melville intended.”
Bookforum

“In an age of soulless, cookie-cutter computer illustrations, Matt Kish's intense and obsessive drawings, paintings, and montages are a riotous delight. Kish's artwork renews our age-old love of expressive handmade imagery. He humanizes his material in way that has all but disappeared from the design scene. It's great to see that passion again.”
—Paula Scher, Pentagram

“[A] wondrous compendium . . . sometimes vibrant, sometimes somber, Kish’s images are relentlessly fresh and eye-catching . . . Even the least visual readers will feel energized by Kish’s artistry and his obvious passion for Melville’s work.”
Library Journal

"Conjuring the frenetic energy of tempest-tossed waves so integral to Moby-Dick's setting, the artist's bold, full-page drawings in highly saturated colors illustrate passages he's called out, but also extend the narrative to suggest that modern-day man hungers to fulfill his self-proclaimed destiny every bit as much as the legendary whalers did....clearly infused with an intense joy that only comes from following one's heart."
ForeWord Book Reviews

"Woven of equal parts visual mastery and creative bravery, Moby-Dick in Pictures is a treasure in and of itself, one that not only pays homage to Melville, but also reimagines what it means to embark on a modern-day epic voyage of creative restlessness."
The Atlantic

"Kish has done something really fascinating [in Moby-Dick in Pictures]. He has not only re-imagined Moby Dick for a modern audience. He has also slyly, almost imperceptibly, yanked this nineteenth century novel into the twenty-first century, underlining its relevance for the post-post-modern world. These illustrations are not simply a sideshow to the novel: they are a well-thought out pleasure that enhances the enjoyment and understanding of Melville’s work."
—The Rumpus

"Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page gathers his magnificent lo-fi drawings in a 600-page visual masterpiece of bold, breathtaking full-page illustrations that captivate eye, heart, and mind, inviting you to rediscover the Melville classic in entirely new ways."
—Brainpickings

"The overall impact of Moby-Dick in Pictures is stunning..."
The Oregonian

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Customer Reviews

If you are a fan of literature and fine art this is a must for you.
Molly W. Pace
It is extra amazing when one considers that Kish did an illustration a day to create this work.
dierdra fleury
This gives the project yet another dimension, and makes it that much more fascinating.
Kim

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gerard D. Launay on November 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have heard it said that most people who talk about "Moby Dick" have never read it. Actually, it is one of my favorite books and I am hoping that this fascinating volume might actually get people interested in reading it. The artist takes a line (or so) from every page of the book and illustrates it - sometimes in a very unique way. The pictures do not all adopt the same artistic style, but are left to the fanciful ideas Matt Kish discovers about the meaning of a particular passage.

One aspect that comes through is - not just the artwork - but how exceptional and poetic Herman Melville was. The selections create moments of thought and space in our noise-saturated world. Highly recommended because there is simply nothing like this anywhere.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By quirky grandma on November 27, 2011
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Moby Dick in Pictures is absolutely splendid, and may well become as much of a classic as its namesake. By all means go for the hardcover in slipcase. The book is a series of images using techniques such as collage, drawing, paint, inks, markers - all on "repurposed" papers that give a richness to the overall effect. Each image responds to a small exerpt from a page of the novel. Sometimes the images are clearly representative, sometimes they arise more from the emotional impact or visceral response to the quotation. Each is worth spending time to asorb. Especially if you are into altered books or collage, or edgy art that falls into the brut or naked or naive categories, you'll probably love this one as much as I.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fran on March 2, 2013
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At first glance, the low-tech art in this massive book seems odd and simplistic, but it soon grows obvious that Matt Kish's interpretation of Melville's novel is nothing short of inspired. He made one illustration a day, each referring to one page of the Signet Classics edition. Moby- Dick (Signet Classics) It's an unbelievable feat, and a feast for the senses.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryan D Eastwick on October 17, 2013
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I just bought this after discovering it at a maritime library. I plan on removing pages and framing them to put around my house. Really a great piece of work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dierdra fleury on September 25, 2012
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It was wonderful to receive this book. It is a book we find ourselves opening and spending time with it daily and is a treasure to have in our art collection. I love the quality of line in the artwork and Kish's illustrative telling of the text. It is extra amazing when one considers that Kish did an illustration a day to create this work. The entire work is a thoughtful gift of respect and a present day visual interpretation of a time honored classic.

I am looking forward to watching the progress of Matt Kish's career as an illustrator.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kim on March 8, 2014
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This is an interesting and breathtaking project that really brings Melville's text to life. Each page contains a piece of artwork that is based on a single quote from the corresponding text of *Moby Dick". The art doesn't illustrate the novel, rather it depicts the emotion and meaning of the selected quotes. Every single page offers a new and different view of what is happening in the story. The prints in the book are vivid and clear, and you really get a sense of the artist's connection with the text. Adding to the uniqueness of the collective work, each piece is done on "found paper" (i.e., pages from old books, magazines, manuals, etc.). This gives the project yet another dimension, and makes it that much more fascinating.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By brian stevens on September 27, 2011
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I love this unique art style.The varity of drawings bring new life to a classic novel.
There are pictures in this book to appeal to all tastes and ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smokiechick on May 18, 2014
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The illustrations are quite remarkable. Really. However, I was expecting the full text. It was probably mentioned in the description, but I was too swept up by the illustrations and the descriptions to notice that the only text of Moby Dick is the passage on each page that inspired each illustration. I suppose I was hoping for illustration on one page and the associated page facing. I gave it to a dear friend who teaches Moby Dick. I think she appreciates it more than I do.
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