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This review is from: White-Jacket: or, The World in a Man-of-War (Modern Library Classics) (Paperback)
This book is second only to Moby-Dick in the list of Melville's greatest works. And Melville's greatest works are America's greatest works.
White-Jacket has it all; humor, pathos, poetry and philosophy. This book makes me not only admire Melville the author but love Melville the man.
To suggest that the book would be better off without its "sermons" against cruelty in the Man-of-War's world is to suggest that Melville should have written some other book. He didn't write that book, he wrote this one and this is the one he wanted us to read. God bless him.