Moby-Dick or, the Whale

Moby-Dick or, the Whale

"It is the horrible texture of a fabric that should be woven of ships' cables and hawsers. A Polar wind blows through it, and birds of prey hover over it."

So Melville wrote of his masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imagination in literary history. 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 inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.

This edition of Moby-Dick, which reproduces the definitive text of the novel, includes invaluable explanatory notes, along with maps, illustrations, and a glossary of nautical terms.

Title:Moby-Dick or, the Whale
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780142437247
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  • Matt

    LISA: Dad, you can't take revenge on an animal. That's the whole point of Moby Dick.HOMER: Oh Lisa, the point of Moby Dick is 'be yourself.'-- The Simpsons, Season 15, Episode 5, “The Fat and the Fu...

  • Michael Finocchiaro

    I re-read Moby-Dick following my research trips to the whaling museums of New Bedford and Nantucket whaling museums. The particular edition I read from University of California Press is HIGHLY recomm...

  • Jason

    “Where the White Whale, yo?”Ah, my first DBR. And possibly my last, as this could be a complete shit show. Approaching a review of Moby-Dick in a state of sobriety just wasn’t cutting it, though...

  • Jamie

    So, Herman Melville's Moby Dick is supposed by many to be the greatest Engligh-language novel ever written, especially among those written in the Romantic tradition. Meh.It's not that I don't get that...

  • karen

    i tried.Both ends of the line are exposed; the lower end terminating in an eye-splice or loop coming up from the bottom against the side of the tub, and hanging over its edge completely disengaged fro...

  • Sean Barrs

    I hate this book so much. It is impossible to ignore the literary merit of this work though; it is, after all, a piece of innovative literature. Melville broke narrative expectations when he shed the...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    896. Moby-Dick = The Whale, Herman MelvilleMoby-Dick; or, The Whale is a novel by American writer Herman Melville, published in 1851 during the period of the American Renaissance. Sailor Ishmael tells...

  • David

    There once was a grouchy alpha whale named Moby Dick who -- rather than being agreeably shorn of his blubber and having lumpy sperm scooped out of his cranium like cottage cheese -- chose life. Unlike...

  • Matt

    So... I just finished it a couple of days ago and pretty much everything else pales in comparison. About three hundred pages in, it was already in my top ten favorite novels of all time, and it didn't...

  • Nataliya

    I was that precocious brat who first read the whale-esque sized Moby-Dick at the age of nine. Why? I had my reasons, and they were twofold: (1) I was in the middle of my "I love Jacques Cousteau!" pha...