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Moby Dick (1851)

by Herman Melville

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A young seaman joins the crew of the whaling ship Pequod, led by the fanatical Captain Ahab in pursuit of the white whale Moby Dick.
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    The Sea Wolf by Jack London (wvlibrarydude)
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    In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick (jseger9000)
    jseger9000: In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex tells the true story that inspired Melville to write Moby Dick.
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    Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad (_eskarina)
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    Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Jr. Dana (knownever)
    knownever: A more enjoyable, shorter, and less allegorical story of sailing life, although there aren't any whales. The author of this one kind of looks down on whalers. All together a more jaunty sea tale.
  5. 70
    The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe (caflores)
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    The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (caflores)
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    The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare (chrisharpe, John_Vaughan)
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    The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex by Owen Chase (meggyweg)
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    The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville (GaryPatella)
    GaryPatella: Compared to Moby Dick, The Confidence Man is a much lighter read. But after ploughing through Moby Dick, this may be a welcome change. It is not as profound, but you also don't have to struggle through any of it. This is worth reading.
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    Billy Budd, Bartleby, and Other Stories by Herman Melville (chwiggy)
  11. 41
    Why Read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick (John_Vaughan)
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    Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian (caflores)
    caflores: Para amantes del lenguaje náutico y de las descripciones detalladas.
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    Railsea by China Miéville (Longshanks)
    Longshanks: An imaginative, affectionate pastiche of the novel's themes, imagery, and characters.
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    Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund (ecleirs24, AriadneAranea)
    ecleirs24: Cause this novel is based upon a passage from Mobi Dick......
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    Genoa: A Telling of Wonders by Paul Metcalf (tootstorm)
    tootstorm: Melville's heir struggles to close his relationship to his preceding literary genius. Click the link above, read what you can, and get yourself hooked on one of the most critically-adored yet criminally-underread novels written in a century defined by self-analysis and experimentation.… (more)
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    Qohelet by Piero Capelli (Oct326)
    Oct326: "Qohelet" e "Moby Dick" sono due grandi libri, molto diversi ma con un tema in comune: l'inconsistenza, l'insignificanza e l'inutilità dell'agire umano al cospetto della natura e dell'universo.
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    The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus (WilfGehlen)
    WilfGehlen: Camus was greatly influenced by Melville and in The Myth of Sisyphus mentions Moby-Dick as a truly absurd work. Reading Moby-Dick with Camus' absurd in mind gives a deeper, and very different insight than provided by the usual emphasis on Ahab's quest for revenge.… (more)
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    Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (ateolf)
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    Oil! by Upton Sinclair (edwinbcn)
  20. 11
    The Last Fish Tale by Mark Kurlansky (John_Vaughan)

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I read this because it is a classic, even though I couldn't understand why someone would want to voluntarily sign on to the hard life of work on a whaling ship. I could understand what characters were doing, but seldom could see why they did what they did. The chapter on whales was skippable, since outdated. I did enjoy, afterward, reading reviews and analysis of this famous novel. ( )
  mykl-s | May 28, 2023 |
‘I baptise thee not in the name of the Father, but in the name of the Devil’

I am uncharacteristically at a loss on how I feel about this book. It’s such a strange creature - a mongrel of King James’ Bible and the works of Shakespeare as people have quite rightly summated. The sole focus on whaling, much like Hemingway with bullfighting (although it must be said that Hemingway is far inferior to Melville), does of course border on the nauseating. Familiarity does indeed breed contempt. But the humanistic edge, the absolutely spectacular prose, the sheer ease at which Melville utilises mythology and religion, all point to a masterpiece. I’m gonna love this book in a decade or so; but I’m glad to be done with it at the moment. ( )
  theoaustin | May 19, 2023 |
The story is very thrilling, but I've always believed that there was too much time spent on the "whiteness of the whale.". ( )
  Gmomaj | Mar 21, 2023 |
  BegoMano | Mar 5, 2023 |
It's been a while since I read Moby-Dick and, though I liked it a lot I am unlikely to read it again (so many books, so little time). But a graphic novel edition? Yes, please! It was a treat to get a refresher in the form of a book I could finish in one sitting, as well as reintroductions to the characters and overall narrative arc. I would have preferred an illustration style that was a bit less stark, but a lack of color is arguably a fitting artistic choice. ( )
  ryner | Jan 26, 2023 |
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Melville, Hermanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adler, Mortimer J.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beaver, Harold LowtherEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Boehmer, PaulNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buhlert, KlausDirectorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Great Books of the Western World (Volume 48, 1952 ed.)
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Call me Ishmael. Some years ago — never mind how long precisely — having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.
I’ll try a pagan friend, thought I, since Christian kindness has proved but hollow courtesy.
...so at nightfall, the Nantucketer, out of sight of land, furls his sails, and lays him to his rest, while under his very pillow rush herds of walruses and whales.
...Heaven have mercy on us all—Presbyterians and Pagans alike—for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending.
‘Whale-balls for breakfast—don’t forget.’ (Stubb, second mate)
And with what quill did the Secretary of the Society for the Suppression of Cruelty to Ganders formally indite his circulars? It is only within the last month or two that that society passed a resolution to patronize nothing but steel pens.
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A young seaman joins the crew of the whaling ship Pequod, led by the fanatical Captain Ahab in pursuit of the white whale Moby Dick.

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The first English edition of Herman Melville, "The Whale" (London, 1851; 3 vols, 12mo, blue cloth cover, uncut) was issued prior to the first US edition, which appeared later in the same year under the title "Moby-Dick; or The Whale", and contained thirty-five passages omitted from the English edition. (Sale catalogue of A. Edward Newton's collection, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 15 May 1941, lot 729, reproduced in The private library, 4th series, vol. 7, no. 2, Summer 1994, p. 80).
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Call me Ishmael.
Score: Whale 1, Ahab 0.
I alone returned.
Nor been sparing of

Historical whale research

--Chapter one-o-one
Do ye love sperm, boys?
Poke my leg into the deck
And sail against God! (captainfez)

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