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Herman Melville - Moby Dick (2nd Hand Paperback)

SKU B002212

Complete & Unabridged.

Moby Dick or The Whale is an 1851 novel by American writer Herman Melville. The book is the 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.

Moby Dick is the story of Captain Ahab's quest to avenge the whale that 'reaped' his leg. The quest is an obsession and the novel is a diabolical study of how a man becomes a fanatic. But it is also a hymn to democracy.

Although the novel was a commercial failure and out of print at the time of the author's death in 1891, its reputation grew immensely during the twentieth century. 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." Moby Dick is now considered a Great American Novel.

The detailed and realistic descriptions of whale hunting and of extracting whale oil, as well as life aboard ship among a culturally diverse crew, are mixed with exploration of class and social status, good and evil, and the existence of God. In addition to narrative prose, Melville uses styles and literary devices ranging from songs, poetry and catalogues to Shakespearean stage directions, soliloquies and asides.

  • Format : Thicker 2nd Hand Paperback.
  • Condition : As New
  • Category : Fiction - Classics
  • Published : 1851 (This Ed. 2011 - Wordsworth Classics)
  • ISBN : 9781853260087
  • SKU : B002212
  • PPC : SP400gm
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"Last read this in '93 and loved it. Thought Id revisit now as l needed a real read fix. If you want a 7 course read, this is it." - Google Review.