Moby-Dick

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Penguin Books, Limited, 2012 - Ahab, Captain (Fictitious character) - 683 pages
The Penguin English Library Edition of Moby-Dick by Herman Melville 'The frail gunwales bent in, collapsed, and snapped, as both jaws, like an enormous shears, sliding further aft, bit the craft completely in twain...' Moby-Dick is one of the most expansive feats of imagination in the whole of literature: the mad, raging, Shakespearean tale of Captain Ahab's insane quest to kill a giant white whale that has taken his leg, and upon which he has sworn vengeance, at any cost. A creation unlike any other, this is an epic story of fatal monomania and the deepest dreams and obsessions of mankind. The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.

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Moby Dick is a classic American novel with no plot

User Review  - Allicat07 - Borders

Actually, Moby Dick does have a plot somewhere behind all of Herman Melville's fancy writing, obscure and numerous references, and uninteresting lectures. If you have read up about Moby Dick, you ... Read full review

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Perhaps the most amazing novel in American literature. The thousands of pages of literary scholarship are enough to prove the book's seemingly endless amount of unturned rocks. For a casual reader a ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Herman Melville was born on 1st August 1819. He went on his first sea voyage in 1839 as cabin boy on the St Lawrence bound for Liverpool. He later became a teacher before taking to the seas again on the Achushnet. On this voyage he abandoned ship and lived among the natives of the Marquesas Islands for some time. This sojourn inspired his books Typee and Omoo which were published to great success. He became close friends with the writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, to whom he dedicated Moby-Dick. Moby-Dick and his later works and poetry were not particularly successful in his lifetime. Moby-Dick did not sell out its first print run of 3,000 copies. It was not until the 1920s that his work was properly appreciated. Moby-Dick is now considered one of the most important American novels of all time. Melville died on 28th September 1891.

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