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Moby-Dick: Or, The Whale

Moby-Dick: Or, The Whale (Paperback)

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In part, Moby-Dick is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopaedia of whaling lore and legend, the book can be seen as part of its author's lifelong meditation on America. Written with wonderfully redemptive humour, Moby-Dick is also a profound enquiry into character, faith and the nature of perception.

Fiction & PoetryClassic fiction pre 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 01/10/2009 ISBN-13: 9780143105954  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Herman Melville (1819-91) became in his late twenties a highly successful author of exotic novels based on his experiences as a sailor - writing in quick succession Typee, Omoo, Redburn and White-Jacket. However, his masterpiece Moby-Dick was met with incomprehension and the other later works which are now the basis of his reputation, such as Bartleby, the Scrivener and The Confidence-Man, were failures. Melville stopped writing fiction and the rest of his long life was spent first as a lecturer and then, for nineteen years, as a customs official in New York City. He was also the author of the immensely long poem Clarel, which was similarly dismissed. At the end of his life he wrote Billy Budd, Sailor which was published posthumously in 1924.

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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 Road

 

Look, I know you know the story, and perhaps you've been meaning ot read it, perhaps not. What can I say to make you finally pick it up and read it? This is a classic for a reason! It's brilliant, and funny (that's what your boring English teachers forgot to tell you). Only cool people read Moby Dick.

Emilh, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 22/02/2011

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