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Moby Dick or The Whale

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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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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 January 12, 2004

    It isn't christmas

    Great, but one star was eaten by the white sperm whale.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    Awesome book!

    Moby Dick is a very long, difficult book to read with Herman Melvilles unique writing style. His descriptions of places and people are pages long, it takes alot of patience and attention toward the book. It dragged on at the beginning when he meets Queqeg and spends the night with him. He created realistic characters who brave through tough times (meeting Moby Dick.) Though it over 410 pages to finally get to Moby Dick, it was a very adventurous story of a young sailor meeting the whale who took the leg of his captain. I really liked this book even though it was slightly boring at first. I thought it would be like that all the way through, but it soon picked up pace and got exciting. I like his writing style but at times it was hard to understand what he was saying. He used alot of Old English, which was pretty cool. Overall, I think the book earns 2 thumbs up. Its a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2002

    Moby Dick

    Welcome and prepare yourself for the philosophical maelstrom of your literary career: Moby Dick. It's not the fact that every single paragraph in the novel may be bombarded with philosophical or informative content, but that the meanings and interpretations of Moby Dick will cause you to think of every other novel you've ever read. Moby Dick is the tragic and yet somehow uplifting tale of a chaotic and obsessed Captain Ahab and his pursuit of the White Whale who broke his soul. I highly suggest you read it-especially if you want to get accepted at Stanford University, like me. If the novel didn't contain numerous chapters unrelated to the plot, I would otherwise award it five stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2001

    An alright book

    Moby Dick was worthwhile read for me. I read it in two weeks, and it wasn't boring at all. I learned a lot about whales and the products that are made from them. The fateful ending though seemed extremely rushed as compared to the rest of the book. Melville used foreshadowing very well in Moby Dick.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2000

    Good book, but too much detail

    I wanted to read Moby Dick to see why it has been deemed an american clasic. I found myself enjoying the book when melville wrote about the story and not going in depth about the ship or whale anatomy. The narrative about Captain Ahab and his quest for revenge was very interesting. Overall it took me a month, reading a couple chapters everyday,to finish it.

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