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Moby Dick

Moby Dick

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With an Introduction and Notes by David Herd, Lecturer in English and American Literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury and co-editor of 'Poetry Review'. Moby Dick is the story of Captain Ahab's quest to avenge the whale that 'reaped' his leg. The quest is an obsession and the novel is a diabolical study of how a man becomes a fanatic. But it is also a hymn to democracy. Bent as the crew is on Ahab's appalling crusade, it is equally the image of a co-operative community at work: all hands dependent on all hands, each individual responsible for the security of each. Among the crew is Ishmael, the novel's narrator, ordinary sailor, and extraordinary reader. Digressive, allusive, vulgar, transcendent, the story Ishmael tells is above all an education: in the practice of whaling, in the art of writing. Expanding to equal his 'mighty theme' - not only the whale but all things sublime - Melville breathes in the world's great literature. Moby Dick is the greatest novel ever written by an American.

Fiction & PoetryClassic fiction pre 1945Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersFiction & PoetryHistorical FictionHistorical adventureFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd Publication Date: 05/05/1992 ISBN-13: 9781853260087  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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I was on that boat until the bitter end hunting down that white whale for the treasured gold doubloon fixed to that mast. My eyes were locked and there was no turning back until that last full-stop. Loved it. - Tomi.

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 22/02/2011

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