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Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Paperback – September 1, 2001
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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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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I think that this book is a "must read" for any truly serious student of American Literature. But it is not necessarily an easy read. There are many lengthy digressions. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Francis C. Donnelly
“Call me Ishmael.” This famous first sentence sets the literary, symbolic and mystical tone of Herman Melville’s fantastic novel about a unique time in marine history. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Marc Riese
The beginning is written as beautifully as anything I have read. However, the book drags on as he spends chapters describing the classification of whales or our fear of the color... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Brian Duffens
I was interested in this book because my wife and I downsized last year, going from a 3000 sq. ft. house to a 1200 sq. ft. condo. I personally wouldn't want to live in a 480 sq. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
The book itself is, of course, a classic. To this day, debate continues on various meanings and interpretations of the book and its symbolism. Read morePublished 15 days ago by John Kirby
I read Moby Dick in American literature in college, but after seeing the movie In the Heart of the Sea, I am reading it again. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kathryn Dane
Incomplete but so far very good. Vocabulary and arcaic terms make for a slower read.Published 18 days ago by Victor R. Rioux