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Moby-Dick Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1999
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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This book, which I have wanted to read for 50 years, surpasses expectations. It has everything: expressive language, humor, history, scientific explanations interesting narrator... Read morePublished 2 days ago by arlene
I liked it okay until I read The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex. It's a historical account of the same events, and the pacing, length, and storytelling are all soooo much better.Published 5 days ago by Morgan Hooper
A great classic read - amazingly broad knowledge of the author on many topics beyond the sea and whaling. I was surprised by the religious/spiritual implications.Published 7 days ago by Teresa Lennox
Not to be read quickly but slowly, savoring the quaint language for its imagery and color. Also for its detailed history of a much different world, yet not so long ago.Published 7 days ago by Patrick Cady
I really dislike this edition. The font size is very small and, if you can believe it, the text is on the light side, so it's very difficult to read. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Jack M. Walter
This would be a great book if it were edited down to about 100 pages. I know it's supposed to be a classic, but most of it is a wast of time.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer