Moby Dick, or the Whale

Moby Dick, or the Whale

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Publisher: Toronto ; New York : Bantam Books, c20uu, c1851
Edition: Various ed
ISBN: 9780553210071
Branch Call Number: PZ3.M498 Mo 1981
Characteristics: xii, 594 p. ; 18 cm


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Jan 26, 2018

Normally included in the list of great western civ classics. For the life of me, I can not understand why. My hardbound copy has 419 pages. The actual story is roughly 100ish pages and is compelling, perhaps a 4 star rating. The rest is borderline absurd. Melville dabbles in many fields he has limited erudition. He wears the hat of the historian, zoologist, philosopher, theologian and writer. Unfortunately, he is a bad historian and zoologist, and only a mediocre philosopher and theologian. He also has the annoying tendency to switch to Early Modern English, even though the book and story are centered around 1850, hundreds of years past when Modern English replaced EME. A few times for literary effect, fine. Every time you enter into highbrow manifestos, no. Why did Melville do this...because he read Shakespeare for the first time just before writing Moby Dick. I guess it could have been worse. Melville could have read Chaucer and then we would have had to suffer through Middle English. Moby Dick is not terrible. It is also not a great classic.

Aug 24, 2017

The writer tells the story of a man voyaging to see whales. The story emphasizes Moby Dick, an albino sperm whale, that one of the crew members wants revenge on for taking his leg. An interesting set of characters and very diverse, the story is also heavily influenced by Shakespeare and the Bible. What I thought of the novel, however, was that it was deep but there were unnecessary pages, completely describing how boats work. It may just be me from my modern age perspective but this is very difficult to read, and I often caught myself daydreaming.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 04, 2017

Purposely prepare yourself, before reading Moby Dick for the first time.
Try to distance yourself from it's earning a classic status over it's history.
It has nothing to do with modern proclivities or sensibilities and therefore, can not be assessed by comparisons to the contemporary world. It is a remarkably-vivid window into the Human Nature of a bygone era. When "high adventure" was only measured by surviving it.
For your Soul to grasp the magnitude of the tale, for your Heart to exalt in its passions,
allow your imagination all the capacity it requires, to fully immerse yourself in the story's time and place. How much your expectations are exceeded, is proportional to how many you have in the first place.
Read this book..... on IT'S own terms.
It instills distinctive understandings about Life.
Then you can put those to use....... on YOUR own terms.

Apr 25, 2017

The masterpiece of all literature everything is in there . A metaphysical work of art. ASTONISHING. I read it in the eight grade and still read it now. An excellent beach book or sitting in front of the fire in my cabin on the woods . 420

Sep 08, 2016

This book is an epic tale, a masterpiece, and a revered piece of literature as a timeless classic for a reason. Melville commands your attention instantly, and although for some this may be a difficult read that requires pages to be read multiple times, this is a book that you will never regret reading. It is remarkably poetic and humorous for a book about a whale, and the real beauty of the book is that it really isn’t about a whale at all – it is about the exploration of the human condition, in every aspect you could explore. You cannot go into this book reading it just to read it, as many do with classics; this book deserves respect in its eloquence and the ability that Melville has to draw so many parallels between what it means to be a human and whales. - @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 12, 2016

I've tried to get through this over years...finally relied on Nathaniel Philbrick to explain it to me. What a difference.

EnchantedShyRose Mar 06, 2016

Moby Dick lol

BookMatchLibrarian Jan 26, 2016

Melville's legendary tale of an obsessed sea captain and his pursuit of the monstrous whale that bit off his leg

Jan 13, 2016

Good read, But it captures whales as monsters. I know that's not true, plus I'm not too fond of the killing of these intelligent, socially complex beautiful creatures.

Jun 29, 2015


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ellensix Oct 09, 2015

"I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing."
—Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

Jun 29, 2014

"Call me Ishmael"

Jan 02, 2014

The more so, I say, because truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.

Jan 02, 2014

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.

Jan 02, 2014

"Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever."

Jan 02, 2014

"Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can."

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