- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; Edition Unstated edition (December 5, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1853260088
- ISBN-13: 978-1853260087
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3,011 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grade 5 Up-Opening with the classic line, "Call me Ishmael," the narrator's New England accent adds a touch of authenticity to this sometimes melodramatic presentation. The St. Charles Players do a credible job on the major roles, but some of the group responses, such as "Aye, aye Captain," sound more comic than serious. This adaptation retains a good measure of Melville's dialogue and key passages which afford listeners a vivid connection with the lengthy novel. Background music and appropriate sound effects enhance the telling of the story about Captain Ahab's obsessive pursuit of the malevolent white whale. The cassettes are clearly marked, and running times are noted on each side of the tapes. Announcements at the beginning of each side and a subtle chime signal at the end make it easy to follow the story, but a stereo player must be used to hear some dialogue. The lightweight cardboard package is inadequate for circulation. Done in a radio theatre format, the recording does a nice job of introducing the deeper themes of the book and covering the major events. For school libraries that support an American literature curriculum, this recording offers a different interpretation of an enduring classic.
Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library. Rocky Hill, CT
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
From Library Journal
November 14 marks the 150th anniversary of Melville's salty saga of vengeance and obsession. Now a contender for the great American novel, this book was harpooned at the time of its 1851 publication by critics who found it overly long and boorish (observations no doubt still shared by countless high school students). They felt that like Ahab, the story didn't have much of a leg to stand on. The once lucrative whaling industry also was in its death throes and of little interest to readers. The book was forgotten for decades before being rediscovered in the 1920s by scholars who understood and appreciated the multilevel symbolism and allegory dismissed by their 19th-century predecessors. Melville published little after the failure of Moby-Dick and made his living as a customs inspector in New York City, where he was born in 1819 and died in complete obscurity in 1891. He is buried in the Bronx. This edition of his masterwork includes the full text along with illustrations of whales, whaling barks, and whaling instruments; maps; and a new introduction by Nathaniel Philbrick. A lot for the price.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Anyway, I'll simply cut right to the chase- while I'd been reading the graphic depictions of the whale, I was traveling upon a most disturbing journey within the mind of the relentless, monomaniacal Captain Ahab. The loss of half of one of Ahab's legs is a loss that shatters this man's sane and rational thinking to its very core. Forget about killing whales for profit-Ahab holds a personal, if not murderous, grudge against the beast that tore off his limb. And in the process, Ahab's crew suffers the tragic and deadly consequences of his vengefully insane actions.
The moral of this classic, epic novel can teach us all the painful, yet most valuable lesson of the futility of holding onto personal grudges, as it only further fuels one's bitterness, which then turns to lust for vengeance. And whether or not that vengeance is satisfied, a man can only suffer his greatest downfall: the destruction of his very soul.
The story is told by Ishmael who, tired of his life as a teacher, boarded a whaler, the Pequod, as part of a 30 man crew.
Ishmael becomes the witness to Ahab's insane drive to destroy the whale which had, in a certain sense, destroyed him.
In the end, in the book's final 3 chapters, Ahab wounds (mortally?) the whale while, at the same time, the whale takes the lives of Ahab and his entire crew, save Ishmael, who lived to tell the tale..
Moby Dick is a tale of compulsion and destruction, a tale which Melville enhances with background, background, background...about whales, whalers, and whaling, and about mid-19th century life on the ocean. But, above all, it is a tale about one man, Ahab, whose craziness and control ultimately doomed himself, his boat, and every sailor who boarded the Pequod with him.
It is not a happy tale.