Moby-Dick

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 4, 2003 - Fiction - 704 pages
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

First published in 1851, Herman Melville’s masterpiece is, in Elizabeth Hardwick’s words, “the greatest novel in American literature.” The saga of Captain Ahab and his monomaniacal pursuit of the white whale remains a peerless adventure story but one full of mythic grandeur, poetic majesty, and symbolic power. Filtered through the consciousness of the novel’s narrator, Ishmael, Moby-Dick draws us into a universe full of fascinating characters and stories, from the noble cannibal Queequeg to the natural history of whales, while reaching existential depths that excite debate and contemplation to this day.
 

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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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User Review  - pbandy - LibraryThing

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

Contents

Loomings
17
CHAPTER 4
41
CHAPTER
53
CHAPTER 9
56
Nightgown
69
CHAPTER 16
83
CHAPTER 18
103
CHAPTER 22
117
CHAPTER 82
378
CHAPTER 86
391
Cistern and Buckets 357
399
CHAPTER 88
408
CHAPTER 93
428
A Squeeze of the Hand
432
CHAPTER 99
446
CHAPTER 102
464

The Advocate
122
CHAPTER 28
136
The Specksynder
159
The QuarterDeck Ahab and A11
174
CHAPTER 42
203
Surmises
227
The Hyena
243
The Gam
254
Ofthe Monstrous Pictures ofWhales
279
CHAPTER 59
293
The Crotch
306
The Shark Massacre
318
The MonkeyRope
335
CHAPTER 75
350
CHAPTER 78
364
Ahabs Leg
479
Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin
489
The Forge
502
CHAPTER 119
516
Midnight Aloft
526
The Deck
540
CHAPTER 132
554
haseThird Day
576
Epilogue
588
Letters
597
Mu1ik and Its Modern Critics
619
in 1Wl_Dir
662
Recommended Reading
668
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Elizabeth Hardwick (1916–2007) is the author of many books and essays, including Herman Melville (Penguin Lives), American Fictions, and Seduction and Betrayal: Women and Literature.

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