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Moby Dick or The Whale

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

It's a ponderous chain...

It's hopeless. I'm absolutely trapped and captivated by Moby Dick. A while ago I bought a cheap copy out of deference to what I understood to be an American classic. When I was about halfway through, it hit me, and I knew I'd have to start it again as soon as I finishe...
It's hopeless. I'm absolutely trapped and captivated by Moby Dick. A while ago I bought a cheap copy out of deference to what I understood to be an American classic. When I was about halfway through, it hit me, and I knew I'd have to start it again as soon as I finished. I don't know if Melville intended it to be this way, but the book itself is a metaphor for a multi-year whaling voyage. You've got to be patient, just like a whaling crew. Melville chats about seemingly unrelated things, just like a crew would chat as it was anticipating its next whale. Wouldn't a crew become frustrated as it's waiting for something to happen? It's not a page-turner, so Tom Clancy fans beware. It's a vast, utterly expansive book that is best read while smoking your favorite pipe. Don't go back and re-read the parts that confuse you, you're going to have to read it again anyway to capture the whole thing. Once I had my Moby Dick epiphany, I began poring over all the special editions that have been produced over the years. I finally settled on this U of C, Barry Moser edition. It's perfect. Moser's illustrations are spooky, but not overbearing. None of the captions are specific to the story which still allows you to use your imagination. For instance, there's a beautiful cut of a whaler, but it's not labeled, 'The Pequod', it's just called, 'Whaling Ship.' It's a huge block of a book too, which perfectly fits the scale of the story. The only book that has had a more profound effect on me than Moby Dick is my King James Bible. Strangely, therein lies a clue to Melville's work. Why does Melville speak in parables so as to confuse some? Because it has not been given to them to understand.

posted by Anonymous on December 11, 2003

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Most Helpful Critical Review

11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Amazing Book, TERRIBLE Copy

"Moby Dick" is a classic for a reason. It's an amazing piece of literature and every person needs to read this before our society forgets how to read prose so beautiful.

However, I highly encourage everyone to spend the $0.99 to get a good copy. This particular cop...
"Moby Dick" is a classic for a reason. It's an amazing piece of literature and every person needs to read this before our society forgets how to read prose so beautiful.

However, I highly encourage everyone to spend the $0.99 to get a good copy. This particular copy (in more than one volume... don't get excited, "Moby Dick" much longer than 345 pages) is rife with horrendous errors that make it very difficult to read. Some words have random numbers in the middle of them in place of letters, whole sections in Vol. II Look like this: Ere*&#*(^B IIQIUEIUIOJ Che whale and Ah8987(*&(*&.

This copy is absolutely horrendous.

posted by 13496408 on July 3, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Amazing Book, TERRIBLE Copy

    "Moby Dick" is a classic for a reason. It's an amazing piece of literature and every person needs to read this before our society forgets how to read prose so beautiful.

    However, I highly encourage everyone to spend the $0.99 to get a good copy. This particular copy (in more than one volume... don't get excited, "Moby Dick" much longer than 345 pages) is rife with horrendous errors that make it very difficult to read. Some words have random numbers in the middle of them in place of letters, whole sections in Vol. II Look like this: Ere*&#*(^B IIQIUEIUIOJ Che whale and Ah8987(*&(*&.

    This copy is absolutely horrendous.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    It wasn't the whole book

    Why did it have so many imperfections?

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    Bad ocr

    Poor formatting. Poor transcription.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    TERRIBLE COPY TERRIBLE copy of a great book

    Book is fantastic but this copy is not only just the last 266 pages of a 550ish page book, but also has numerous spelling/copy errors much like the following made-up but very accurate example: "I walked inKb/2%to the rghGb74%&&oom." Terrible.
    Buy this book if that's what it takes to get a good copy. In my opinion it is worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Lame

    It is so lame don't read it the movei is so better I think that guy who said it's the most boring book in his life is right

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2000

    Moby Dick: Or, The Whale

    The idea and basic point of the story were good, but it was told in such a complex and lengthy way that by the time it was over, I was very bored. There seemed to be more adjectives than verbs, and more description than action. It is hard to remain interested in the story because of its length and never-ending detail.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2000

    Moby Dick: Or, The Whale

    Before I read the book, I had heard fragments of the story and looked forward to reading the entire work, though I had heard it was very boring. As I read, I saw potential in it but very quickly lost interest. As another reviewer said, it is too lengthy to keep a reader interested. Though it had potential, the story is lost in the detail.

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