Moby Dick or The Whale (With ATOC) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Moby Dick (or A Whale) was written by American author Herman Melville.
Moby-Dick is said to be a Great American Novel and a treasure of world literature.
It has been classified as American Romanticism.
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Moby Dick or The Whale (With ATOC)

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Overview

Moby Dick (or A Whale) was written by American author Herman Melville.
Moby-Dick is said to be a Great American Novel and a treasure of world literature.
It has been classified as American Romanticism.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013600775
  • Publisher: Ladislav Deczi
  • Publication date: 6/11/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 918 KB

Meet the Author

Herman Melville (Aug 1, 1819 – Sep 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick and the novella Billy Budd. When he died in 1891, he was almost completely forgotten.
Moby-Dick was hailed as one of the literary masterpieces of both American and world literature. He was the first writer to have his works collected and published by the Library of America.
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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.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2000

    A whale of a bore!

    'Call me Tomás. Some days ago -never mind how long precisely- having little or no schoolwork to do, and nothing particular to interest me on TV, I thought I would read a little and see the literary part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation.' The novel I am currently reviewing starts in quite a similar fashion as this, and while this may be the only interesting part of my review, in the same manner the start of Moby-Dick is the only part of the book that enjoys the very desirable of characteristic of not putting you to sleep. Granted. Melville writes well. The elaborate construction of his sentences and the use of figurative language are excellent. No question about that. Admitted. Moby-Dick has to be the most detailed account ever, and the situations in it are narrated quite vividly. I do not argue it. But, oh, fair reader, for crying out loud! This has to be the most dreadfully boring book ever written. Honestly, do you care THAT MUCH about whales and whaling, so as to read hundreds of pages on every single aspect of them. For, it is quite necessary to make that clear, only a small portion of Moby-Dick is a real novel, that is, a fictional narration. The rest is a bunch of essays on everything that you always wanted to know about whaling. Well written, yes, but absolutely painful! What kind of a person has the patience to endure all that! I mean, the book does start in quite an interesting fashion, but after a while... 'the length of that particular bone of a whale ranges between' 'the best way of tying the knot on such and such part of a whaling boat' 'so-and-so's picture of a whale was inaccurate because'...And he went on and on and on, forever! OK, whales are big, whales are formidable. I don't care! Get on with the story, please. How I managed to get to the end of it, I don't know. Of course, Moby-Dick has to be one of the most anti-ecological books ever written and Melville commits the huge biological blunder of considering whales to be fish, but I will not make any complaints in that sense, considering the time at which the book was written. But, seriously, I don't remember ever reading a book as boring as this one, and am quite astonished at the fact that there are people who honestly say they like it. Well, the fact that the book is so techically well written is the only reason I am not giving it just one star.

    8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    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 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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2010

    Kite511

    This book is very good. Everyone should get it, especially because it is free. The book itself is also great.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Not the best edition

    This version is full of typos and formatting errors. It's free, so it's got that in its favor.

    4 out of 4 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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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    OK

    Some typos but still readable. This is ONLY Volume 1.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2004

    Terribly overrated

    This is literally the most boring book I have read in my life. The writer goes on for entire chapters describing things like the colour green, and spewing similar drivel. Do not read this book unless you are some academic madman bent on sadism.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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 November 10, 2003

    Long and exhausting

    I realize that lovers of literature generally credit this book as the first great, American novel. Even with such credit attached to it, I found this book to be wordy and tedious. Now, it wouldn't be fair for me to criticize too much because I never finished the story. It could very well have become more interesting as one progressed further in the pages, but I could not find the energy to continue reading after more than ten pages that rambled on about the ' whiteness of the whale!' Melville overkills on description. He compares the whale to the whitest alabaster, to ivory, to bone, to snow, to ice and then on and on until you want to scream that you are fully aware that the whale is white, thank you very much!!! Whew! Anyway, I would like to add that I realize that Melville was writing in the early nineteenth century, and that many who read his book lived inland and would never see the ocean in their entire lives. I assume that is the reason for all the over-description. As for the positives, Queeqeg and Ahab are fascinating characters. Beyond that, this book rambles way too much. Save yourself a headache and rent the movie!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2002

    A Classic but...

    I have nothing against Herman Melville. I have nothing against Ishmael. I have nothing against the Pequod, or Ahab, or Moby Dick himself. But I do have a lot against the endless facts about whales that occupy a huge majority of this book. It's just one thing after another. Only about one-third of the book is the story. The rest is a practical encyclopedia about whales and their habits. He should have written "Whales for People Who Like Endless Facts about Them" or something else of that nature, so that poor little school children could just read a good story without unnecessary details riddling the plot line. No doubt, this book is a classic: I'm the last person to say otherwise. But "classic" doesn't always mean "interesting". The positive characteristics of this book are undeniable. I just had a hard time getting through it. A VERY hard time.

    1 out of 1 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 October 15, 2013

    Call me Salli

    Great read...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Gripping classic

    Excellent readable electronic version

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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 March 10, 2012

    Great book. Any body who likes exitment and adventure should read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2010

    good book

    this is a good book it has good details ans a good number of stars

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Excellent reading

    Should have read this years ago. The book itself was not in as good condition as stated, but still an excellent book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2005

    ohmygosh

    Who am I to criticize Melville? But after reading, and chuckling, over some of my peer reader's reviews, I'm compelled to balance stars. I'm neither a critic nor literary scholar. I'm just someone who loves good literature, classic or not. Granted, Moby is long and detailed, but I contend it's all necessary and part of the story's framework. The themes are skillfully packaged in abstruse metaphors. And I agree that I had to use lexical aids to get through some of the dated vernacular. I even put down my cheap paperback for a Norton critical edition, but it was worth it. The language is beautiful and artistic. Read a benign chapter to a child and watch their expressions change as their imagination takes over their visage. Moby provides insight into today's archetypes found in pop-culture's 'Spongebob' or 'Pirates of the Caribbean'. Perhaps Moby isn't for everyone. Those who aren't interested in ages long past, historically accurate depictions of bloody exploitation, or ocular criticism of social hypocrisy, should probably stick to the bestseller lists. Entertain your brain. Every chapter is a piece of Melville's puzzle. When taken holistically, it all fits. Slow your monkey mind. Mindfully read. Open your eyes. Moby is still relevant today, especially to you good folks who think you live on that fabled 'City on the Hill'.

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