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Moby-Dick (Vintage Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Herman Melville
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Book Description

INCLUDES THE TRUE STORY THAT INSPIRED MOBY-DICK



When Ishmael sets sail on the whaling ship Pequod one cold Christmas Day, he has no idea of the horrors awaiting him out on the vast and merciless ocean. The ship's strange captain, Ahab, is in the grip of an obsession to hunt down the famous white whale, Moby Dick, and will stop at nothing on his quest to annihilate his nemesis.



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From School Library Journal

Grade 5 Up-Opening with the classic line, "Call me Ishmael," the narrator's New England accent adds a touch of authenticity to this sometimes melodramatic presentation. The St. Charles Players do a credible job on the major roles, but some of the group responses, such as "Aye, aye Captain," sound more comic than serious. This adaptation retains a good measure of Melville's dialogue and key passages which afford listeners a vivid connection with the lengthy novel. Background music and appropriate sound effects enhance the telling of the story about Captain Ahab's obsessive pursuit of the malevolent white whale. The cassettes are clearly marked, and running times are noted on each side of the tapes. Announcements at the beginning of each side and a subtle chime signal at the end make it easy to follow the story, but a stereo player must be used to hear some dialogue. The lightweight cardboard package is inadequate for circulation. Done in a radio theatre format, the recording does a nice job of introducing the deeper themes of the book and covering the major events. For school libraries that support an American literature curriculum, this recording offers a different interpretation of an enduring classic.
Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library. Rocky Hill, CT
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

November 14 marks the 150th anniversary of Melville's salty saga of vengeance and obsession. Now a contender for the great American novel, this book was harpooned at the time of its 1851 publication by critics who found it overly long and boorish (observations no doubt still shared by countless high school students). They felt that like Ahab, the story didn't have much of a leg to stand on. The once lucrative whaling industry also was in its death throes and of little interest to readers. The book was forgotten for decades before being rediscovered in the 1920s by scholars who understood and appreciated the multilevel symbolism and allegory dismissed by their 19th-century predecessors. Melville published little after the failure of Moby-Dick and made his living as a customs inspector in New York City, where he was born in 1819 and died in complete obscurity in 1891. He is buried in the Bronx. This edition of his masterwork includes the full text along with illustrations of whales, whaling barks, and whaling instruments; maps; and a new introduction by Nathaniel Philbrick. A lot for the price.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 895 KB
  • Print Length: 597 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470178192
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; Reprint edition (April 9, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GCTQ7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,726 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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536 of 561 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is gonna make it! January 18, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Finishing "Moby Dick" goes up there with my greatest (and few) academic achievements. It was a gruelling read, but---in the end---completely worthwhile.
I've been reading it for 6 months. I started over the summer, during an abroad program in Oxford, and I remember sitting outside reading when one of the professors came over, saw what I was reading, and said: "It's a very strange book, isn't it?"
Looking back, that might be the best way to describe it. The blurb from D.H. Lawrence on the back cover agrees: Moby Dick "commands a stillness in the soul, an awe...[it is] one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world."
Now there are those who will say that the book's middle is unbearable---with its maddeningly detailed accounts of whaling. Part of me agrees. That was the hardest to get through. But, still, even the most dull subject offers Melville an opportunity to show off his writing chops. He's a fantastic writer---his text most resembles that of Shakespeare.
And, like one Shakespeare's characters, Melville sees all the world as a stage.
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234 of 245 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Unless you are a naval historian or a Melville scholar, you probably won't have a rewarding (or even comprehensible) time with Moby-Dick at this remove unless the edition you're using comes with a good set of footnotes. Here's the skinny on the various editions currently on shelves:

THESE HAVE FOOTNOTES ON THE PAGE ITSELF:

* Charles Feidelson, Jr.'s annotated edition. Unquestionably the most all-around useful edition of Moby-Dick ever printed. Generous and highly useful footnotes right on the page, covering lexical, allusional, and cross-referential items. Two disadvantages: you may at times feel put upon by Feidelson's interlarded interpretations, and the thing is totally out of print. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964. ISBN: 067260311X

* The "Norton critical" edition, edited by Parker and Hayford. The edition most widely employed by scholars. Stingier with the footnotes than Feidelson, but still a good second choice. Many useful essays at the end. The layout of the text is a bit hard on the eye, though. Make sure you get the SECOND edition, from 2001. ISBN: 0393972836

* The "Barnes and Noble Classics" edition. The footnotes for the most part are skimpy and confined to obscure vocabulary, not cultural and literary allusions. ISBN: 1-59308-018-2

THESE HAVE A FOOTNOTES SECTION IN THE BACK OF THE BOOK:

* The "Oxford World Classics" edition. About 11 pp. at the end. ISBN: 0-19-283385-5

* The "Modern Library" edition. About 13 pp. at the end. ISBN: 0-679-78327-X

* The "Penguin Classics" edition. About 15 pp. of notes at the end by Tom Quirk. ISBN: 0-14-24.3724-7 (This is their fancy hardbound version: see next item.)

* The "Penguin Classics" edition. About 15 pp.
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205 of 216 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open your mind March 26, 1999
By TJ
Format:Paperback
Last year I decided to expand my intellectual horizons by reading a series of American literary classics. Moby Dick was the first book on my list. It took me three months to finish this legendary story and, looking back on it now, I must say that it was worth every minute. To others who are considering this effort I say this: buttress your stamina and open your mind. This is not John Grisham or Tom Clancy. You will be reading high literature and you will be required to think. If you do so, Ishmael, Ahab and crew will open a window to some of mankind's most profound questions: Is it better to fight evil or promote virtue? Where is the line between honorable justice and blind vengeance? Do bad things happen because the universe is evil or just indifferent? The true pleasure to be derived from reading this book can be found by closing its pages every so often and reflecting on the questions that it will raise in your mind. A completely different experience than breezing through the latest best-seller, but much more rewarding.
Be aware that Moby Dick is many types of books in one. It is part adventure story, part sermon, part history of whaling, part encyclopedia of whale anatomy, part metaphysical allegory. Expect it to change periodically as you move through it, be receptive to each part, and don't try to compartmentalize it as any one particular type of work.
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146 of 154 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not complete December 28, 2010
By TonyJF
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I haven't finished reading the entire book, so I can't comment on the whole thing. But, there is at least one whole section omitted from this version: In the chapter "The Sermon", the hymn sung by the sailors is missing. While this omission does not necessarily detract from the story in a significant way, I like a "classic" such as this one to be complete.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving!
I remember reading this book as a child. However I thoroughly enjoyed the book even now. The illustrations are heart warming and make it so so real. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jyotsna R
5.0 out of 5 stars Moby Dick: Color Illustrated, Formatted for E-Readers by Herman...
So much time and scholarly energy has been applied to this masterful classic, and it is definitely one not to be missed. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 3 days ago by anthony palucci
5.0 out of 5 stars Defies multiple choice answers
A whale of a tale about a whale's tail. That Melville guy can really write. The greatness of this book is seen in how ridiculous it is to try to apply the above categories to it. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Clifford Foreman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
ok
Published 5 days ago by Mario Luna
4.0 out of 5 stars ' I recommend that reading order
Of course the plot is predictable, the book is known by most post adolescent people. I decided to read it after I read Nathaniel Philbrick's 'In the Heart of the Sea. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Charlie Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Famous Story
A huge classic which needs no enhancement, but which is faithfully reproduced for the e-reader screen, which is a step forward. One of the most famous stories ever told. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Hypnotist 101
4.0 out of 5 stars Good repro
I have to echo the views of other reviewers that it's great to see someone take the time an effort to format classic fiction novels such as this for Kindle and tablet, which opens... Read more
Published 7 days ago by ela34
5.0 out of 5 stars An American Classic well worth working through
A primary classic of American literature, but even more, a delightful reading experience.
Published 8 days ago by David Glass
5.0 out of 5 stars Call Me Satisfied
Slick edition of Melville's 1851 magnum opus 'Moby-Dick; or, The Whale.' The illustrations by Leonardo and the smooth formatting brings this classic to life for 2015. Nice job.
Published 8 days ago by Big Apple
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