Moby Dick, or, The Whale by Herman Melville

Moby Dick, or, The Whale

By Herman Melville

  • Release Date: 1891-09-28
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
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Description

The voyage of the whaling ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab, who leads his crew on a hunt for the great whale Moby Dick, reveals a profound meditation on society, nature, and the human struggle for meaning, happiness, and salvation. Often considered the epitome of American Romanticism, the novel is now considered one of the greatest novels in the English language.

Reviews

  • Moby Dick

    5
    By Katndanny6580
    Read this in sixth grade for fun. Recently watched In the Heart of the Sea and decided I needed to reread it. Loved it just as much this time as the first time.
  • The American Whaling Odyssey

    5
    By Cochrane 628
    This is the perfect example of an American Odyssey: admiring the beauty, magesty and divine power of the whale, only to kill it in the most gruesome, slow and cruel way, in order to light our reading nights.
  • Review

    3
    By Fleshch
    I gave it four stars because it was amazing though it was not easy to read it
  • A ocean of time has passed

    5
    By Chris24eyeknown
    I was assigned this book as a eighth grade student for summer vacation. It felt like a prison sentence. Found the cliff notes and forgot about it until this night. Winters storm, a north easter, crippled the power grid and with some fire light I gave Melville another shot. The second time around was captivating.
  • Moby Dick

    5
    By Bob Catt
    I re read Moby Dick because I recently read In The Heart Of The Sea and The Wreck Of The Whaleship Essex. Both books were very interesting and I wanted to learn more about the whaleing lifestyle back then. Moby Dick is obviously fiction but Melville described every minute detail of the business…from the construction and rigging of the whaleboats to the technique of hunting and killing a sperm whale using a few flimsy boats manned by only 6 men each. I really did feel like I was there. I probably should have had a dictionary at my side the whole time, but didn’t. It did get a little long through the middle,admittadly. I dont really know about the good and evil stuff;thats not why I read it. Melville is a master at describing scenes and drama. I recommend reading it.
  • Moby Doom

    3
    By Fanci Flight
    Ok, I've read many classics in my life and liked some, reveled in some, and loathed a few. I'm afraid this one falls into the third category. Yes, there are great lines in the book. Yes, it is Herman Melville's magnum opus. Yes, I am probably a philistine for my opinion. I don't care. I still loathed it. The story of one mans obsessive need to destroy the creature that bit his leg off was, to me, full of "sound and fury, signifying nothing". Read it because you should. Enjoy it if you like. Suffer through it, so I'm not alone in my pain. If I lived near New York, I would scrawl rude words on old Hermans' headstone. It's a classic. With one of the best lines ever written, "From hells' heart, I stab at thee, for hates sake, I spit my last breath at thee..", Herman harpoons the reader. Unfortunately, I had to read almost two thousand pages to get to that line and, in the end, come to grips with the fact it was screamed at a whale. Really, Herman???
  • Compelling Book!

    4
    By mosschick1982
    I never had actually read this book though of course I knew the story. The writing is superb and although much of the language is pertinent to the time period, I enjoyed learning the meaning of many words we no longer use in modern conversation.
  • Moby Dick! A great book, well spoken!

    5
    By Bwwbww
    Loved this - most excellently read. Thank You.
  • Moby Dick

    5
    By Brad613946382863829
    I didn't read the book for a while. I just skimmed it. So I hated it. 😴👍
  • Moby Dick

    5
    By Will D.Stroy
    Writers, the best writers,recreate what is real and essential in men's souls. Mellvile's tale of the megalomaniacal Ahab and his ill-fated search for vengeance impels the reader headlong into this timeless tale of men's strivings, their victories, their defeats. Hubris is as the maelstrom, concentric to the ego, then gone as the impetus of the whirlpool slowly subsides, as the heart stills its beating.

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