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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

The Ship of the Self...

If there were ever a seeming 'complete companion' to the understanding and appreciation of Herman Melville's 'master work' /Moby-Dick/ then this Second Edition of the Norton Critical Edition, edited by Hershel Parker and Harrison Hayford (pub. 2002) must surely be ...
If there were ever a seeming 'complete companion' to the understanding and appreciation of Herman Melville's 'master work' /Moby-Dick/ then this Second Edition of the Norton Critical Edition, edited by Hershel Parker and Harrison Hayford (pub. 2002) must surely be it. Not only does the volume contain the text of the novel (actually a 'romance' as defined by Hawthorne), but it also includes sections titled: 'Melville's Reading and /Moby-Dick/: An Overview and Bibliograpy', a glossary of nautical terms, a pictorial account (with drawings) of the parts of a whaleship, the mast parts, a typical whaleboat, the harpoon and lance, a drawing depicting a large slice of blubber being hauled onto a ship, contemporary engravings of whaling, articles about Melville's works written in his own time about his novels (romances)before /Moby-Dick/, reviews and letters written by Melville (including his famous paean to Nathaniel Hawthorne, 'Hawthorne and His Mosses'), analogues and sources, reviews of /Moby-Dick/ from his own time and from the modern era (1893-1897), and 'A Handful of Critical Challenges' (a selection from insightful and provocative essays which analyze the novel and its possible meanings). The text of the novel (romance) itself has been well foot-noted with helpful information about Melville's textual citations and allusions (example: from text -- '...a terrible prestige of perilousness about such a whale as there did about Rinaldo Rinaldini' [note -- 'Knight in Italian Renaissance epics -Orlando Furioso- (1532) by Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1535) and -Rinaldo- (1562) by Torquato Tasso (1544-1595)'). This novel has been endlessly analyzed and sliced up, picked apart, minced, boiled, strained, reflected upon, peered into, introverted, controverted, inverted, subverted, psychoanalyzed, Marxized, Freudianized, mythologized, anthroplogized, sociologized, mythopoeticized, Biblecized, homoeroticized, and even read for enjoyment. More gain comes from chopping down wood by the acre than whittling by the stick, so the analyzers seem to think. The novel can be read as satire, as allegory (like Spenser's moralistic warning allegories), as love-token (to Nathaniel Hawthorne) with Melville capering about trying to impress his beloved as much as he capered about on those rocks on the top of Monument Mountain back in August 1850 when they first met, and as revelation of Melville's inner self -- actually selves. The ship may be taken as the allegorical symbol of the individual psyche, and thus each of the characters aboard the -Pequod- becomes one of the multiple aspects of Melville's own awarenesses and inclinations. As for the chapters on whales and whaling, the reader will need to absorb those as atmosphere and Melville's ego-intellect wanting to show off. Read them closely for irony and humor and self-jesting at his own predilections for omnivorous reading and extract gathering, as well as an 'outsider's' jibes at academic fussiness and lexicographical loquaciousness. Take your time with this novel...you will learn much the more you think about it and the deeper you plumb its depths. And when you go a-whalin', mind them mouths and jaws, lined with sharpy teeth -- lest you lose a leg and founder in the deep.

posted by Anonymous on June 9, 2004

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5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Glitchy download

Very glitchy. Download the 2 99 one.

posted by Anonymous on August 30, 2011

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

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    Sa-weet

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Classic worth reading over and over

    I am obsessed with this book how Ahab spends his life on a search for an elusive wail. Great. I read it in high school. Now I am reading it again with my Nook.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    this book is the reason why i love books about ocean creatures

    this book is full of detail and i love how it was written my favorite charecter in this book is captain ahab once you read the book from start to finish you will see why i love and cherish this book that is a great work of art

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Are people stupid?

    Omg, people are actually saying this book is boring and needs mire action? Dont they realize that this book is one of the all time classics?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    wow

    amazing!!!!! sent from my nook

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2004

    5 stars for excellent book!

    its a classical book that people of all ages will love! everyone should get this book my mom read it to me as a young girl and i still read, and i still enjoy it !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2003

    wonderful

    this book was expertly writen and i loved it it pulls you in with details of the ocean and the people and how the air smelled and the whaling adventures are extrodinary!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2000

    the awe that is moby.

    Ah, yes, MOBY....I personally loved the book. Sure, there were lots digressions on the procedures of whaling and other little irrevelent stuff, but what people don't realize is that all the extremely abstruse messages in MOBY need to be hidden. If you strip away all the other stuff, the themes will just be too straight-forward and the reader probably will get a philosophical overload. Plus, is it just me or does anybody else find this book humorous too? I mean, come on, how can one NOT laugh at some of the language that Melville chooses to use? Brilliant! Brilliant! And another thing for people who are reading this as an assignment: read MOBY to read and understand it. DO NOT read it just to say in the end that you've read one of the greatest novels in Ame. history. B/c if you go about it in a more accepting manner, you'll find yourself comprehending it a lot better. If you accomplish this, you will also discover that MOBY is everything you'll EVER need on exam essays. It encompasses so many things: meaning of life, democracy, societal influences, human emotion & spirit, realization of truth--just to name a few. So go! Go read this book. Dance a little jig after you're done.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    BigRed

    *Waits inpatiently*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Jackson

    GOT HER

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Joseph moats

    Good book read it

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    Posted March 18, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Sara

    Walks in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Treasure hunt

    Go to the book allegiant

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Anthony

    Yoo

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Mason

    Walks in

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Skye to Anthony

    I cant talk now you came on too late. Sorry ill be on possibly tommorrow see ya then.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Cici

    She sighs,"what happened with katt?",she asks

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Katt

    Gtgtb bbt

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    To evil inc.

    Taking kill requests @ request res 3

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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