Moby Dick

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Harper Collins, Jun 7, 2011 - Fiction - 608 pages

“Call me Ishmael.”

Thus begins one of the most famous journeys in literature—the voyage of the whaling ship Pequod and its embattled, monomaniacal Captain Ahab. Ishmael quickly learns that the Pequod’s captain sails for revenge against the elusive Moby Dick, a sperm whale with a snow-white hump and mottled skin that destroyed Ahab’s former vessel and left him crippled. As the Pequod sails deeper through the nights and into the sea, the divisions between man and nature begin to blur—so do the lines between good and evil, as the fates of the ship’s crewmen become increasingly unclear....

Melville’s classic tale of obsession and the sea, one of the most important and enduring masterworks of nineteenth-century literature, Moby Dick is a riveting drama, exploring rage, hope, destiny, and the deepest questions of moral truth.

 

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Moby Dick is a classic American novel with no plot

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Contents

The Great Heidelburgh Tun
349
Cistern and Buckets
351
The Praire
355
The Nut
358
The Pequod Meets the Virgin
361
The Honour and Glory of Whaling
371
Jonah Historically Regarded
374
Pitchpoling
377

The Sermon
42
A Bosom Friend
51
Nightgown
55
Biographical
57
Wheelbarrow
60
Nantucket
65
Chowder
67
The Ship
71
The Ramadan
84
His Mark
90
The Prophet
94
All Astir
98
Chapter
105
Chapter
112
Chapter
118
Chapter
121
Chapter
130
Iceland Sailor
178
Cabin
263
Whales and the True Pictures
274
Whale and Then Have a Talk
333
The Right Whales HeadContrasted View
343
The BatteringRam
346
Pitchpoling Chapter 85 The Fountain
380
The Tail
385
The Grand Armada
390
Schools and Schoolmasters
402
FastFish and LooseFish
406
Heads or Tails
410
The Pequod Meets the RoseBud
413
Ambergris
420
The Castaway
423
A Squeeze of the Hand
427
The Cassock
431
The TryWorks
433
The Lamp
438
Stowing Down and Clearing Up
439
The Doubloon
442
Leg and Arm
448
skeleton
464
Diminish?Will he Perish?
471
Cabin
485
Bachelor
505
the First Night Watch
522
Log and Line LifeBuoy Pequod Meets the Rachel
523
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Herman Melville (1819-1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet who received wide acclaim for his earliest novels, such as Typee and Redburn, but fell into relative obscurity by the end of his life. Today, Melville is hailed as one of the definitive masters of world literature for novels including Moby Dick and Billy Budd, as well as for enduringly popular short stories such as Bartleby, the Scrivener and The Bell-Tower.

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