Moby Dick: astoundingly contemporary, transgressive / subversive / innovative even by today's standards, nothing you would have imagined from the clichés attached to it or the film (as good a film as it is, it is not the book). Witty, hilarious, mysterious, homoerotic, suspenseful, philosophical, political, scientific, historical, a social commentary as relevant today as it was in 1851....Melville defied all standards and wrote the way he wanted to, about what he loved, despite rejection. He was ahead of his time, a literary inventor and revolutionary. The result is a "story" that will harpoon you to the back of a white whale and give you the thrill of a lifetime!
Take my advice and go read it now!
And if allowed, I'd like to also recommend a book for after you're finished: Dan Beachy-Quick's A Whaler's Dictionary, sold also here at Powell's and published by Milkweed.
Moby Dick: Or, the Whale (Modern Library Classics)
Used Trade Paper
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by F. O. Matthiessen,
"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."
October 18, 2001, marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of the greatest novel in American literature. The Modern Library trade paperback edition exclusively features the timeless illustrations of Rockwell Kent, an Introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick, commentary by Herman Melville and William T. Porter, contemporary reviews from John Bull and The Critic, endnotes, and a reading group guide.
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