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Moby-Dick: Or, the Whale (Penguin Classics)

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"What's the use of elaborating what, in its very essence, is so short-lived as a modern book? Though I wrote the Gospels in this century, I should die in the gutter."
— Herman Melville, in a letter to Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1851

One hundred-fifty years have passed since Herman Melville wrote his masterpiece. Yet Moby-Dick endures as an indisputable literary classic that continues to speak to readers today. Join Captain Ahab, an eerily compelling madman, as he pursues an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. In his monomaniacal quest, Ahab focuses his distilled hatred and suffering — and that of generations before him — against one single creature, and pursues it relentlessly.

More than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopedia of whaling lore and legend, this is a haunting, mesmerizing, and important social commentary populated with several of the most unforgettable and enduring characters in literature. Written with wonderfully redemptive humor, Moby-Dick is a profound and timeless inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.

Review:

"In our own moment of horror and heroism, [Moby Dick] is a book more salient than ever — unflinchingly honest about the human capacity for hate and brutality, yet filled with an undiscourageable love of humanity." Andrew Delbanco, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Responsive to the shaping forces of his age as only men of passionate imagination are, even Melville can hardly have been fully aware of how symbolical an American hero he had fashioned in Ahab." F. O. Matthiessen

Synopsis:

Captain Ahab is an eerily compelling madman who focuses his distilled hatred and suffering (and that of generations before him) into the pursuit of a creature as vast, dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself.

Synopsis:

Written with wonderfully redemptive humor, Moby-Dick is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself.

Introduction by Andrew Delbanco. Explanatory Commentary by Tom Quirk.

Synopsis:

Herman Melvilles masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imagination in literary history

 

Over a century and a half after its publication, Moby-Dick still stands as an indisputable literary classic. It is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopedia of whaling lore and legend, Moby-Dick is a haunting, mesmerizing, and important social commentary populated with several of the most unforgettable and enduring characters in literature. Never losing its cultural prescence, Melvilles nautical epic has inspired many films over the years, including the upcoming adaptation of Nathanael Philbricks In the Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw, and Brendan Gleeson, and directed by Ron Howard. Written with wonderfully redemptive humor, Moby-Dick is a profound and timeless inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by Andrew Delbanco and notes by Tom Quirk.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author

Born in New York City in 1819, Herman Melville died in 1891, at which point his work had been largely forgotten. He has since been recognized as one of America’s greatest writers. His metaphysical whaling novel, Moby Dick, is one of literature’s most enduring works of art. His shorter works, including Billy Budd, Bartleby, the Scrivener and Benito Cereno, are considered classics of the form.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Suggestions for Further Reading

A Note on the Text

Etymology

Extracts

Moby Dick

Loomings

The Carpet Bag

The Spouter-Inn

The Counterpane

Breakfast

The Street

The Chapel

The Pulpit

The Sermon

A Bosom Friend

Nightgown

Biographical

Wheelbarrow

Nantucket

Chowder

The Ship

The Ramadan

His Mark

The Prophet

All Astir

Going Aboard

Merry Christmas

The Lee Shore

The Advocate

Postscript

Knights and Squires

Knights and Squires

Ahab

Enter Ahab; to him, Stubb

The Pipe

Queen Mab

Cetology

The Specksynder

The Cabin Table

The Mast-Head

The Quarter-Deck • Ahab and all

Sunset

Dusk

First Night-Watch

Forecastle---Midnight

Moby Dick

The Whiteness of the Whale

Hark!

The Chart

The Affidavit

Surmises

The Mat-Maker

The First Lowering

The Hyena

Ahab's Boat and Crew---Fedallah

The Spirit-Spout

The Pequod meets the Albatross

The Gam

The Town Ho's Story

Monstrous Pictures of Whales

Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales

Of Whales in Paint, in Teeth, &c.

Brit

Squid

The Line

Stubb kills a Whale

The Dart

The Crotch

Stubb's Supper

The Whale as a Dish

The Shark Massacre

Cutting In

The Blanket

The Funeral

The Sphynx

The Pequod meets the Jeroboam • Her Story

The Monkey-rope

Stubb and Flask kill a Right Whale

The Sperm Whale's Head

The Right Whale's Head

The Battering-Ram

The Great Heidelburgh Tun

Cistern and Buckets

The Prairie

The Nut

The Pequod meets the Virgin

The Honor and Glory of Whaling

Jonah Historically Regarded

Pitchpoling

The Fountain

The Tail

The Grand Armada

Schools and Schoolmasters

Fast Fish and Loose Fish

Heads or Tails

The Pequod meets the Rose Bud

Ambergris

The Castaway

A Squeeze of the Hand

The Cassock

The Try-Works

The Lamp

Stowing Down and Clearing Up

The Doubloon

The Pequod meets the Samuel Enderby of London

The Decanter

A Bower in the Arsacides

Measurement of the Whale's Skeleton

The Fossil Whale

Does the Whale Diminish?

Ahab's Leg

The Carpenter

The Deck • Ahab and the Carpenter

The Cabin • Ahab and Starbuck

Queequeg in his Coffin

The Pacific

The Blacksmith

The Forge

The Gilder

The Pequod meets the Bachelor

The Dying Whale

The Whale-Watch

The Quadrant

The Candles

The Deck

Midnight, on the Forecastle

Midnight, Aloft

The Musket

The Needle

The Log and Line

The Life-Buoy

Ahab and the Carpenter

The Pequod meets the Rachel

The Cabin •Ahab and Pip

The Hat

The Pequod meets the Delight

The Symphony

The Chase • First Day

The Chase • Second Day

The Chase • Third Day

Epilogue

List of Textual Emendations

Explanatory Notes

Glossary of Nautical Terms

Maps and Illustrations

What Our Readers Are Saying

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Henry and Claire, January 14, 2013 (view all comments by Henry and Claire)
What can be said about Moby Dick that hasn't already been said? It was certainly the best book I read in 2012, if not ever.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142437247
Commentaries:
Delbanco, Andrew
Introduction:
Quirk, Tom
Commentaries by:
Quirk, Tom
Commentaries:
Quirk, Tom
Author:
Melville, Herman
Author:
Quirk, Tom
Author:
Delbanco, Andrew
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Whales
Subject:
Whaling
Subject:
Sea stories
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin classics
Series Volume:
GTR-132
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
720
Dimensions:
7.72x5.08x1.18 in. 1.04 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Review" by , "In our own moment of horror and heroism, [Moby Dick] is a book more salient than ever — unflinchingly honest about the human capacity for hate and brutality, yet filled with an undiscourageable love of humanity."
"Review" by , "Responsive to the shaping forces of his age as only men of passionate imagination are, even Melville can hardly have been fully aware of how symbolical an American hero he had fashioned in Ahab."
"Synopsis" by , Captain Ahab is an eerily compelling madman who focuses his distilled hatred and suffering (and that of generations before him) into the pursuit of a creature as vast, dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself.
"Synopsis" by , Written with wonderfully redemptive humor, Moby-Dick is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself.

Introduction by Andrew Delbanco. Explanatory Commentary by Tom Quirk.

"Synopsis" by ,
Herman Melvilles masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imagination in literary history

 

Over a century and a half after its publication, Moby-Dick still stands as an indisputable literary classic. It is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopedia of whaling lore and legend, Moby-Dick is a haunting, mesmerizing, and important social commentary populated with several of the most unforgettable and enduring characters in literature. Never losing its cultural prescence, Melvilles nautical epic has inspired many films over the years, including the upcoming adaptation of Nathanael Philbricks In the Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw, and Brendan Gleeson, and directed by Ron Howard. Written with wonderfully redemptive humor, Moby-Dick is a profound and timeless inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by Andrew Delbanco and notes by Tom Quirk.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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