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  • Release Date: 9/1/2005
  • Label: Naxos Audio Books
  • ISBN-13: 9789626343586
  • Catalog Number: 35812
  • Sales rank: 253,744

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2004

    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 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.

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 1999

    THE GREATEST

    I HAVE JUST STARTED READING THIS BOOK AND SO FAR IT IS VERY GOOD.IF YOU LIKE TO READ THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ BOOK.IT MAY TAKE YOU A WHILE TO READ.SEEING THAT THERE ARE 135 CHAPTERS MAY MAKE YOU WONDER IF IT IS WORTH IT,BUT DON'T WORRY THERE ARE ONLY ABOUT 601 PAGES IN THE WHOLE BOOK.ANYWAY LIKE I SAID,IT IS WORTHWHILE TO READ THIS BOOK,AND IF YOU LIKE TO READ GET A COPY TODAY.

    11 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2011

    isy

    great and amazing

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    A

    I love Moby Dick. It is a good book and I recomend it 10 and up unless you are beloe ten and is a good reader. I wont get this book if you do not like diolog and a long confusing begining. MOBY DICK RULES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2011

    Glitchy download

    Very glitchy. Download the 2 99 one.

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    One of the classics.

    Yes, Moby Dick is a classic, but having picked it up for the second time (the first time, about 30 years ago, I fell asleep after only 6 pages) I managed to work my way through it.
    I found it a good story, but Melville is a very wordy author. His storyline, I found, meandered to and fro so much I found it hard to keep up. It's no wonder that the book has over 1000 pages.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    MOBY DICK

    My dad says that it supposed to be a good book

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

    I would give this book less than one star if it were possible.

    I would give this book less than one star if it were possible. Why
    review this book? It's a classic. Why touch something that has endured
    centuries of bad criticism, good criticism, mediocre criticism, and
    English lit thesis papers? I hate this book. I hate this book. I hate,
    hate, hate, hate, hate this book. it is a waste of paper. It is a waste
    of memory. It is a waste of precious, precious time. I read this book
    first in 6th grade and I hated it. I read it again as a college
    sophomore and I hated it. I won't even both to summarize it, because why
    waste the sentence structure? I. hate. this. book.

    3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Ok

    Iy looks good

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Dull to the point of torture.

    An unbearably bloated narrative, streatched out as thin as paper, physically painful to complete. And all because some lunitic wanted to kill a whale. Such a hopelessly linear plotline...

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    TO LONG so hate hate hate hate hate hate hate it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!!!#!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!!$$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!!$!$!!$#$3!$!$!$!$!$!$!#$!$!$!$!$!!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!$!

    Hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate it!!!!!!!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS TO LONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Zoom

    It is a good book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    anonymous

    this is a great book and it sucked me in immedietly and im 9 this book doesent deserve to be a lousy 99 cents! its great a good but thats just not wat its worth! every one who reads the sample and thinks its some old boring it gets really good near the middle! spoil alert:ITS AMAZING READ IT!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Read this:) :)

    I read it and i am in 5 th grade. Aawesome. I love mobi dick.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Tehee

    Day sayed a bad wrd. Eye iz smart :D

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Nice long read for spring break

    Moby dick is a very good dialog book i just dont get the beggining part too bad

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Why

    Why would someone wright a book about whales

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2012

    Nice long read for winter weather

    This book is a true classic. Judging from TV game show questions about
    Moby Dick it continues to be popular reading.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Feedback

    It dies not work at all i want my money back!

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2011

    Test

    Test

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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