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ISBN13: 9780099511182
ISBN10: 0099511185
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"I'm embarking on a 'classics year,' where I'm going to try to read a lot of those books that I know I should have read a long time ago. You know the ones — those books that we can all quote from and make references to, even though we've never actually cracked open a copy. I started last year by finally reading Darwin's main books....Then, when I interviewed Stephen Pinker, he mentioned having recently enjoyed Moby-Dick and recommended it to me for the biology aspects. So I made the plunge. And you know what? It went quicker than I expected, and it's got some interesting observations about people beyond the obvious insights about obsession and vengeance. Doug Brown, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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When Ishmael sets sail on the whaling ship Pequod one cold Christmas Day, he is clueless to the horrors that await him on the vast and merciless ocean. The ship's strange captain, Ahab, is in the grip of an obsession to hunt down the famous white whale, Moby Dick, and will stop at nothing on his quest to annihilate his nemesis. Considered a failure during Melvilles lifetime but now hailed as a classic American novel, Ishmaels story combines symbolism and philosophical debate with gripping adventure narrative in an uncanny and unforgettable fashion. An extract from Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-ship Essex by Owen Chase—which inspired Melville's own story—is also included.

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Don't let the size and reputation of this book scare you away from one of the most satisfying, exciting, and enlightening books you will ever come across! Melville's Moby Dick is, hands down, my all-time favorite book, and the first recommendation I give to anyone who asks me what they should read next.
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Herman Melville (1819–1898) is an acclaimed novelist and short story author. His masterpiece Moby Dick (1851) was inspired in part by his short career aboard a whaleship in 1841.

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Karin Chenoweth, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by Karin Chenoweth)
It was my New Year's resolution last year to read some of the books that had intimidated me in the past. Moby Dick was one--from what others had said I thought it would include impenetrable symbolism and difficult language. The language--long, rambling sentences--did take a little getting used to, but Melville is a kind author in that he pretty much explains every symbol. And what a book! I wanted to say, "Why didn't anybody tell me?!" but, of course, lots of people had. It's a great book and has a lot of relevance, being as it is about the oil industry. An earlier oil industry than ours, but still the oil industry.

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hgramp, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by hgramp)
Finally, after 20 years I picked up Moby Dick again, and found it be unexpectedly riveting, luminous, and actually not the slog which its reputation suggests. Perhaps it is the sheer size of the book that puts people off, but I found it easy to be swept up in storytelling that was completely compelling and convincing. But not only is the plot full of forward momentum, the writing itself is utterly beautiful. There were many breathtaking passages, especially descriptions of the profound beauty and awesome power of nature. Sure, there are a few slow spots -- detail on whaling knives, etc -- but to get through this, probably the greatest of American novels, was so rewarding. In fact I want to read it again.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780099511182
Author:
Melville, Herman
Publisher:
Random House (UK)
Other:
Chase, Owen
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Classics
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 1.7 in 1.09 lb

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"Review A Day" by , "I'm embarking on a 'classics year,' where I'm going to try to read a lot of those books that I know I should have read a long time ago. You know the ones — those books that we can all quote from and make references to, even though we've never actually cracked open a copy. I started last year by finally reading Darwin's main books....Then, when I interviewed Stephen Pinker, he mentioned having recently enjoyed Moby-Dick and recommended it to me for the biology aspects. So I made the plunge. And you know what? It went quicker than I expected, and it's got some interesting observations about people beyond the obvious insights about obsession and vengeance. (read the entire Powells.com review)
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