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Moby-Dick (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – August 29, 2003
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A masterpiece of storytelling, this epic saga pits Ahab, a brooding and fantastical sea captain, against the great white whale that crippled him. In telling the tale of Ahab's passion for revenge and the fateful voyage that ensued, Melville produced far more than the narrative of a hair-raising journey; Moby-Dick is a tale for the ages that sounds the deepest depths of the human soul.
Interspersed with graphic sketches of life aboard a whaling vessel, and a wealth of information on whales and 19th-century whaling, Melville's greatest work presents an imaginative and thrilling picture of life at sea, as well as a portrait of heroic determination. The author's keen powers of observation and firsthand knowledge of shipboard life (he served aboard a whaler himself) were key ingredients in crafting a maritime story that dramatically examines the conflict between man and nature.
About the Author
Herman Melville (1819–1891) found early success with stories inspired by his adventures in the South Seas. His fortunes declined with the 1851 publication of Moby-Dick, now recognized as a masterpiece but scorned by Melville's contemporaries. The author was obliged to work as a New York City customs inspector and died in obscurity, three decades before the critical reassessment of his work.
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That said, for anyone who missed out reading this- it just never came up on a high school reading list, you were always too busy, you thought it was going to be some dull slog, the arcane whaling bits are no longer relevant...?
Go get this. The reason it is a classic standard- it turns out- isn't because it's difficult and boring but obligatory. It's because Melville is a lot of fun. Poetic, obssessive (just like his subject), the sociology and camaraderie is off the hook.
Nobody needs anyone to remind them that Moby Dick is a GREAT book, but it bears mention, in 2016, it's still a FUN book and one, of all the classics you will and won't ever get to- the one not to miss.
PS- any format, but for a buck, on Kindle? Moby Dick. On my cellphone. On the subway. In 2016. Awesome!
So this review is for the St. Ignatius edition. This is a very well put together edition. As a English Grad student, I had some serious in-depth studying of this text. I am glad I spent the extra money and got this edition, rather than a bargain book. A great intro, a plethora of footnotes throughout the novel, and some very insightful criticism following the conclusion. This is a worthwhile addition for the scholar or the Americanist.