Moby Dick

Moby Dick Summary

An Apple Books Classic edition.

Herman Melville’s classic begins with one of the most famous opening lines in world literature: “Call me Ishmael.” Moby Dick was a commercial failure when it was first published in 1851, but during the 20th century, the book’s reputation grew and grew.

The novel features a memorable cast of characters, in particular the ivory-legged Captain Ahab, who lost a limb to the gargantuan white whale named Moby Dick. Now, Ahab’s sole obsession is hunting down the sea creature to exact his revenge. Heedless of warnings, Ahab risks ship and crew in his maniacal pursuit, bearing out Melville’s observation that ”there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men.”

Book Reviews

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Read this book4 star

Long, detailed, and an exciting ride. Lost me at parts, gained me back at others. Overall glad to have read this classic important epic. Beautiful language.45

Time to give up

Great but a little boring4 star

I really wanted to give this book 5 stars,but there are some parts that are boring. I am 8 so the chapters that are about types of whales are pretty boring.Overall I would say that this is a good book45


Boring and hard to stay interested1 star

I really truly do not understand why this book is held up the way it is. I had to force myself to finish it just so I could say I read it. It must be one of those things were is either love it or hate it. I found it boring and uninteresting. It was hard to keep up with at times.15

Billy the stint cat

Meh.2 star

Melville is so verbose that it seems to me he was paid by word. Not that great of a book.25


Classic Tale4 star

The reading is hard at times due to the differences in how we talk nowadays. It has some slow chapters when explaining the whales, how the ship works, and some characters. The best part is picturing what the main characters look like and what they are doing. So glad I took the time to read this classic book.45

Karma C. Green

I’m 12 and this was my first time reading the real one5 star

It’s really good and takes me more than an half an hour to read, opposed to the 80 page long children’s version55

Chantell johnson

Whale1 star

Very boring and long for the book to be so boring.15


My favorite book5 star

Beautiful story about a man who hates a whale55

Blondie 67

It is a good book to read.5 star



The one of the best piece of literature out there5 star

The book incapacitates you in its deep knowledge about whale fishery and slowly drives you towards the narrative. The alone boy with a cannibal......the crazy captain Ahab fuming with revenge....the shipmates. A must read book for people who love the seas.55

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