"Call me Ishmael" is one of the most familiar and oft-quoted opening lines ever written. Although it was originally published in 1851 to little success or acclaim, Moby Dick is generally regarded as Herman Melville's masterpiece and in many circles as the Great American Novel. Melville's epic story of Captain Ahab's obsessive hunt for the great white whale recalls Job in his quest for justice and Oedipus on his crusade for the truth. The tragic figure of Ahab, in whom virtuous and murderous impulses coexist, speaks for the defeats and triumphs of the human spirit. The richness of Melville's prose and the story's sweep are Shakespearean in their grandeur and symbolic power. Moby Dick remains the measure of literary achievement against which all subsequent American novels must be measured.
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Review: Moby Dick (Troll Illustrated Classics)User Review - Joycetho1 - Goodreads
I think that this was an amazing book. It was about a crew of sailors teaming up to kill a whale named Moby Dick. I would reccomend this fantastic book to everyone. Read full review
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I've read the actual novel; I have no interest in reading this abridged version designed for fifth graders. Read full review