Moby Dick: Annotated (Paperback)

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The Great American . . . well, it's more than a novel. It's a living, breathing, swirling world filled with tragedy and comedy. If you've never gotten past the famous first sentence, reading just a little further will reveal Melville's wicked sense of humor: "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." This deadpan delivery permeates this thoroughly American book: both a philosophical discourse and a practical guide to every conceivable facet of whales and whaling. One needs only get to the end of that first chapter, to read Ishmael's reverie of newspaper headlines -- "Grand Contested Election for the Presidency of the United States" / "Whaling Voyage By One Ishmael" / "Bloody Battle in Affghanistan" -- to realize that Moby-Dick is still an eternal book, one that should be read in our time now more than ever. — Northshire Staff

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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is an 1851 novel by American writer Herman Melville. The book is sailor Ishmael's narrative of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaling ship Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the giant white sperm whale that on the ship's previous voyage bit off Ahab's leg at the knee. A contribution to the literature of the American Renaissance, the work's genre classifications range from late Romantic to early Symbolist. Moby-Dick was published to mixed reviews, was a commercial failure, and was out of print at the time of the author's death in 1891. Its reputation as a "Great American Novel" was established only in the 20th century, after the centennial of its author's birth. William Faulkner confessed he wished he had written the book himself, and D. H. Lawrence called it "one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world" and "the greatest book of the sea ever written". Its opening sentence, "Call me Ishmael", is among world literature's most famous.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781088469903
ISBN-10: 1088469906
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: August 8th, 2019
Pages: 508
Language: English
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