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Moby Dick: Or, the Whale

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 17 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 12 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Loved it!

    I've read this book three(!) times and liked it better each time. I have always loved the classics, I am not looking at the fact that they are supposedly "high class" but that they have stood the test of time. Ifound Moby very readable--people didn't have all the entertainment options in the past so novels were padded a bit more with things we now find extraneous which is why they're mostly so long--no 300 pagers for folks before TV! They're more introspective, ditto. So don't be put off by the length, as others have said, take it slowly and don't judge by todays' standards (or by the fact some teacher tried to stuff it down your throat at 14). It is a great book, a look into how people thought in the past and, oh, by the way, a rip roaring adventure which is why Ishmael went off, anyway!

    1 out of 3 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 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    wow

    amazing!!!!! sent from my nook

    1 out of 3 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 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Lauren

    Haha here and waiting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Kenya

    Back for a couple minutes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Jerisa

    She waited for redd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Kenya

    I up for it. Will not be on for the day though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Sir Redd to all

    I have to go to sleep now, but if you meet me here tommorow night, we can dicuss details.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Jason

    Walks in, loading a revolver with bullets.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    Macie

    She looks at him. "I you really want to you can make one."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Dick

    Cock

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Reid

    Chews on cat nip

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Jo-Beth

    "What."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    BigRed

    *Waits inpatiently*

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Joseph moats

    Good book read it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Treasure hunt

    Go to the book allegiant

    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 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    To evil inc.

    Taking kill requests @ request res 3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Jon to Finn

    Can i put Shade through a few tests? Or is he straight?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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