Moby-Dick is one of the great epics in all of literature. Captain Ahab's hunt for the white whale drives the narrative at a relentless pace, while Ishmael's meditations on whales and whaling, on the sublime indifference of nature, and on the grimy physical details of the extraction of oil provide a reflective counterpoint to the headlong idolatrous quest. Sometimes read as a terrifying study of monomania or as a critical inquiry into the effects of reducing life to symbols, Moby-Dick also offers colorful and often comic glimpses of life aboard a whaling ship.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - datrappert - LibraryThing
Oh my. There is certainly a classic story here, but Melville does his best to bore you to death with everything you never wanted to know about whaling before you can get to the end. As usual, the essays in the Norton Critical Edition are helpful. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ElizabethChapman - LibraryThing
Moby Dick is a massive, messy, maniacal masterpiece. Everyone knows the plot -- a whaling captain is obsessed with killing the Great White Whale that bit off his leg, and chases the whale across the ... Read full review
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