Moby-Dick

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Collector's Library, 2004 - Fiction - 768 pages
On board the whaling ship Pequod, a crew of wise men and fools, renegades, and seeming phantoms is hurled through treacherous seas by a crazed captain hell-bent on hunting down Moby Dick, the mythic White Whale who left him crippled. As the ""great flood-gates of the wonder-world"" swing open, Melville transforms the little world of the whale-ship into a crucible where mankind's fears, faith and frailties are pitted against a relentless fate. Teeming with ideas and imagery, and with its extraordinary, compressed intensity sustained by a buoyant, mischievous irony and by moments of exquisite beauty, Melville's masterpiece is both a great American epic and one of the most profoundly imaginative creations in literary history. The world's greatest works of literature are now available in these beautiful keepsake volumes. Bound in real cloth, and featuring gilt edges and ribbon markers, these beautifully produced books are a wonderful way to build a handsome library of classic literature. These are the essential novels that belong in every home. They'll transport readers to imaginary worlds and provide excitement, entertainment, and enlightenment for years to come. All of these novels feature attractive illustrations and have an unequalled period feel that will grace the library, the bedside table or bureau.
 

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moby dick this classic realy is nice and the whale just needid freedom i in 8 year old made a moby dick 2 toby dick the shark a sequil hermon made a good and long book about a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge whale

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I was surprised at the beauty of the imagery in this book. And Melville has a wonderful sense of humor. I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone under the age of 30 though, because I think it's easier to appreciate if you've lived a little longer first.

Contents

Etymology
15
Loomings
31
The Counterpane
62
The Pulpit
77
A Bosom Friend
92
Chowder
113
The Ramadan
134
The Prophet
147
The Funeral
425
7o The Sphynx
426
The Jeroboams Story
430
The MonkeyRope
438
Stubb and Flask Killa Right Whale and Then Have a Talk Over Him
444
The Sperm Whales Head
450
Contrasted View
451
The Right Whales Head Contrasted View
456

2I Going Aboard
154
Merry Christmas
158
The Lee Shore
164
The Advocate
165
Postscript
171
Knights and Squires
172
Knights and Squires
176
Ahab
179
Enter Ahab To Him Stubb
187
3O The Pipe
191
Queen Mab
192
Cetology
195
The Specksynder
212
The CabinTable
216
The MastHead
223
The QuarterDeck
232
Sunset
242
Dusk
244
First NightWatch
245
Midnight Forecastle
246
The Whiteness of the Whale
267
Hark
279
The Chart
280
The Affidavit
287
Surmises
299
The MatMaker
302
The First Lowering
306
The Hyena
319
Ahabs Boat and Crew Fedallah
322
The SpiritSpout
325
The Albatross
331
The Gam
333
The TownHos Story
339
Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales
366
Of the Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales and the True Pictures of Whaling Scenes
372
Of Whales in Paint in Teeth in Wood in SheetIron in Stone in Mountains in Stars
377
Brit
380
Squid
384
6O The Line
387
6I Stubb Kills a Whale
392
The Dart
399
The Crotch
401
Stubbs Supper
403
The Whale as a Dish
413
The Shark Massacre
416
Cutting In
418
The Blanket
421
The BatteringRam
460
The Great Heidelburgh Tun
463
Cistern and Buckets
466
The Prairie
471
8o The Nut
475
8I The Pequod Meets the Virgin
478
The Honour and Glory of Whaling
492
Jonah Historically Regarded
496
Pitchpoling
499
The Fountain
502
The Tail
509
The Grand Armada
515
Schools and Schoolmasters
531
FastFish and LooseFish
535
Heads or Tails
540
9I The Pequod Meets the RoseBud
544
Ambergris
553
The Castaway
556
A Squeeze of the Hand
562
The Cassock
566
The Lamp
574
IOO Leg and Arm
586
IOI The Decanter
595
IO2 A Bower in the Arsacides
601
3 Measurement of the Whales Skeleton
607
IoS Does the Whales Magnitude
615
IO6 Ahabs Leg
621
Io8 Ahab and the Carpenter
628
IIo Queequeg in his Coffin
637
The Pacific
644
II4 The Gilder
653
II6 The Dying Whale
659
II9 The Candles
666
I2O The Deck Towards the
675
I2I Midnight The Forecastle Bulwarks
676
I24 The Needle
682
I26 The Lifebuoy
691
I28 The Pequod Meets the Rachel
698
I3O The Hat
705
I31 The Pequod Meets the Delight
711
I33 The Chase First Day
718
I34 The Chase Second Day
731
I35 The Chase Third Day
742
Afterword
759
Further Reading
767
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About the author (2004)

Herman Melville was born in 1819 in New York City. Both his grandfathers were Revolutionary War heroes but his father, a merchant, died bankrupt in 1833. Melville left school and worked at various jobs before shipping on the whaler Achshnet in 1841. The next year he deserted, travelled the South Seas and joined the US Navy. After three years he retired, settled in Massachusetts and started to write. His first two novels, Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847), were fictionalized accounts of his travels: they remained his most popular works during his lifetime. In 1847 Melville married and wrote a series of novels he considered potboilers for money. With Moby-Dick (1851) he changed course, partly under the influence of Nathaniel Hawthorne; but the novel's extravagant intensity lost him readers. Pierre (1852) fared no better, and after publishing one more novel Melville took a job as a customs inspector in the New York City harbour and turned to writing poetry. He died there in 1891; an unfinished novel, Billy Budd, Sailor, was published in 1924.

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