- Paperback: 730 pages
- Publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Company; 1St Edition edition (1964)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067260311X
- ISBN-13: 978-0672603112
- Package Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,723,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moby-Dick or The Whale : Edited with an Introduction and Annotation (The Library of Literature) (The Library of Literature, Volume 5) Paperback – 1964
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The Bobbs-Merrill edition, although out-of-print, is well worth searching for. It provides readers with a well-printed text on excellent paper, includes some very useful maps and illustrations, and can be recommended as being just about the best annotated edition of Moby Dick that has ever appeared.
Feidelson's Introduction, though short, is excellent, and his footnotes, which are given right on the page, strike just the right balance between explaining obscure words, allusions, cross-references, etc., while also offering many valuable insights into the deeper meanings of this complex and profound classic.
Moby Dick is much more than a novel about a whale hunt; ultimately, like the mysterious designs on Queequeg's body, it becomes "a mystical treatise on the art of attaining truth" since, as D. H. Lawrence suggested, its hero Ahab represents "the human soul seeking the last self-conquest, the last attainment of extended consciousness - infinite consciousness."
If you'd like to understand why - in depicting the gigantic struggles of Ahab to break out of the prison of duality, the prison of self or ego, and reach the ultimate truth of our existence - Moby Dick becomes what may well be considered "The World's Greatest Spiritual Classic", check out Jed McKenna's Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment, a book that devotes 9 of its 32 Chapters to a striking analysis of Moby Dick that brings out more fully, especially in its discussion of 'The Break-Out Archetype', what D. H. Lawrence meant.
McKenna sees Ahab as a man driven, despite himself, to engage in a gigantic struggle to break free of the bonds of ego and reach ultimate truth. Of the numerous interpretations of Ahab's heroic quest for the White Whale, McKenna's seems to me to be the most convincing of all.