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Moby-Dick

92 Ratings: 3.0
A novel by Herman Melville

   Moby-Dick, also known as The Whale, is a novel first published in 1851 by American author Herman Melville. Moby-Dick is often referred to as a Great American Novel and is considered one of the treasures of world literature. The story tells … see full wiki

Author: Herman Melville
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Bantam Classics
18 reviews about Moby-Dick
review by . June 16, 2010
I don't really care whether or not something counts as literature. Whatever the merits of reading a work, nothing seems to take the fun out of it like being told how seriously to take it. I'm not interested in a work's importance but its power, so I approached Moby Dick not as "The Great American Novel" (whatever that means) but as a story of a madman chasing a monster across the vast abyss of the open ocean. (Before Jaws, before Cthulhu, there was Dick!) And it's a brilliant …
review by . June 28, 2010
Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick or The Whale is like a treasure hiding in plain sight from modern readers who are too intimidated by its artistic and physical magnitude to venture in and discover its awe-inspiring imaginativeness.  I doubt there has ever been a fictional world more complete than Melville’s massive world of whaling.               The immensity of Moby-Dick is part of its charm and Melville’s brilliance.  …
Quick Tip by . October 07, 2010
Want to read the Bible, read the Bible. Want to read about whaling trips ... um ... why would you want to do that?
Quick Tip by . August 26, 2010
It's epic, it's grand; and it's thematic import of good and evil are etched indelibly, but it's overlong to be sure.
Quick Tip by . July 16, 2010
I am about a third of the way through after having avoided this novel for awhile. I never realized how amusing Melville could be until I delved into his character descriptions.
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
Hard to believe the writer of this American classic died unheralded.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
I think Melville is pretty awesome, and Ahab is an intriguing figure, and there are lots of interesting things in this book. But there's too much about whaling for my tastes.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Good read
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Epic story, but can be a bit slow at times.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
who hasnt read this?!
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
Sea adventures make me sea sick.
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
long long and long -- but oh so worth the read and perserverance thru the pages
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
really long but also a classic that you should read. very sophisticated
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
Whaling and philosophy
Quick Tip by . June 18, 2010
Try not to over-analyze this book. It was ment to be enjoyed as a fantasy and not a social commentary!
review by . March 06, 2010
Wayne Josephson must have the patience of Job! He is gradually 'translating' the classics into modern day readable form to encourage audiences to enjoy the great books of the past. He is fully aware that reading books in printed format is a diminishing luxury, what with the ease of the computer providing rapid reading via pdf of summaries of novels to 'save time' for the overly ambitious audience of today. While Josephson would be the last person to demean the importance and pleasure of reading …
review by . September 27, 2008
Yes, friends, that's how it always went when my cousins and I played Moby Dick on the old farm. There were enough of us to make up a decent cast only on holidays, and there were always a couple of girl cousins who thought they should get to play with us, but since I was the oldest, we did it my way. Being the biggest also, it would have been natural for me to play the White Whale, but I was sensitive about my height and always stuck my humorless cousin Lennart with that voiceless role. And since …
review by . June 27, 2003
Some novels get the recognition they deserve, some are mysteriously overlooked and others...well, let's just say that the reasons for "Moby Dick" being considered a great work are as difficult to hunt down as the whale itself. The narrative is confused and rambling, often all at sea. Thus we have a first-person narrator (Ishmael) who is somehow able to tell us what Captain Ahab is thinking when alone in his cabin, a harpoon, without a rope attached, which is thrown into the sea and has miraculously …
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