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.”
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
Read it a few times.55
Melvilles prose is so beautiful, it counters the ugly behavior of humans perfectly55
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Read this in sixth grade for fun. Recently watched In the Heart of the Sea and decided I needed to reread it. Loved it just as much this time as the first time.55
This is the perfect example of an American Odyssey: admiring the beauty, magesty and divine power of the whale, only to kill it in the most gruesome, slow and cruel way, in order to light our reading nights.55
I gave it four stars because it was amazing though it was not easy to read it35
I was assigned this book as a eighth grade student for summer vacation. It felt like a prison sentence. Found the cliff notes and forgot about it until this night. Winters storm, a north easter, crippled the power grid and with some fire light I gave Melville another shot. The second time around was captivating.55