Moby Dick

Moby Dick On a previous voyage a mysterious white whale had ripped off the leg of a sea captain named Ahab Now the crew of the Pequod on a pursuit that features constant adventure and horrendous mishaps must

  • Title: Moby Dick
  • Author: Rod Espinosa Herman Melville
  • ISBN: 9781602701557
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Audio CD
  • On a previous voyage, a mysterious white whale had ripped off the leg of a sea captain named Ahab Now the crew of the Pequod, on a pursuit that features constant adventure and horrendous mishaps, must follow the mad Ahab into the abyss to satisfy his unslakeable thirst for vengeance Narrated by the cunningly observant crew member Ishmael, Moby Dick is the tale of the hunOn a previous voyage, a mysterious white whale had ripped off the leg of a sea captain named Ahab Now the crew of the Pequod, on a pursuit that features constant adventure and horrendous mishaps, must follow the mad Ahab into the abyss to satisfy his unslakeable thirst for vengeance Narrated by the cunningly observant crew member Ishmael, Moby Dick is the tale of the hunt for the elusive, omnipotent, and ultimately mystifying white whale Moby Dick On its surface, Moby Dick is a vivid documentary of life aboard a nineteenth century whaler, a virtual encyclopedia of whales and whaling, replete with facts, legends, and trivia that Melville had gleaned from personal experience and scores of sources But as the quest for the whale becomes increasingly perilous, the tale works on allegorical levels, likening the whale to human greed, moral consequence, good, evil, and life itself Who is good The great white whale who, like Nature, asks nothing but to be left in peace Or the bold Ahab who, like scientists, explorers, and philosophers, fearlessly probes the mysteries of the universe Who is evil The ferocious, man killing sea monster Or the revenge obsessed madman who ignores his own better nature in his quest to kill the beast Scorned by critics upon its publication, Moby Dick was publicly derided during its author s lifetime Yet Melville s masterpiece has outlived its initial misunderstanding to become an American classic of unquestionably epic proportions Includes unique illustrations

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    1. Hallelujah! Finished! Finally! Not that it wasn't a good book, but it was also extremely tedious at times. Melville had no grievances about doing the research and then pouring every bit of research into the novel. EVERYTHING is explained, from the 'crow's nest' to the type of rope they use on the line. This is where it gets tedious. The story, however, is fantastic and though the book is massive, the chapters are very short, making it a tad easier. So, if Melville devotes an entire chapter to th [...]

    2. This has replaced the Great Gatsby as my all-time favorite. The language is advanced (which is off-putting to some people, but I love learning new words), -and when Melville describes the sea, he does so with breathtaking eloquence. This is one of the few novels out there that, when reading it, you can tell that the author poured his soul out onto the pages, putting everything he had into it (it took Melville 4 years to write this magnum opus). What a great tragedy that it was panned in his life [...]

    3. Is this book long-winded? Absolutely. Pretensions of classical epic and Shakespearean tragedy? Definitely. Does it live up to what it wants to be? Does it ever.The tale is such an epic one that it would be impossible to tell it any other way. The incredibly long explanations of the whaling technique and culture are there, but once the jargon has been served up to you less than one third of the way through the book, you can safely read the rest without wondering what they are talking about. And s [...]

    4. I thought this book would have a story but it was literally about whales. All about whales. The types, their bodies, their skin, what they eat, their anatomy, their blow holesNot enjoyable.And SPOILER ALERT:they spend the whole freaking book hunting this whale (500 pages) and you finally meet the whale in the last 100 pages and THE WHALE LIVES AND THEY ALL DIE. WHAT THE FUCK.Very well written but never again

    5. Call me impatient men jeg legger inn årene noen timer fra mål. Dette ble mer enn tålmodigheten min kunne strekkes. Omtale kommer!

    6. "Ego non baptizo te in nomine patris, sed in nomine diaboli!" - AhabI finished Moby-Dick last night. What maddening, passionate, horrifying, and beautiful poetry lies within those pages. What wonder and philosophy is lodged within that spine, what secrets to life rest their heads upon ink pillows. Moby-Dick is a masterpiece of American literature and is unrivaled. Yes, there are good books in American literature. Yes, there are even great ones. But how many wake day to day, upon the sea, their h [...]

    7. I loved this book. I loved the comedy in the beginning where Ishmael meets the harpooner. I loved the often horrible-- yet profound and engaging descriptions of the whaling industry in the 1800s that are such precious anecdotes of history. I enjoyed Melville's descriptions of Ahab and the rest of the crew, the humor he put into descriptions, the curiosity of this intoxicating spermaceti he describes that is no longer accessible today and for great reason. This book was often shocking to me due t [...]

    8. "What is a great hunter"?-In the search for raw unadulterated yarns, no one spins it as dramatically as Melville . Hark cockney eyed saviorists enter the taverns and quench the imagination with Captains loading ships, down the New England coastline recruitment and a yesteryear hiring fair And so begins the yearly businesses of coastline livelihoods- In the harsh, risky and competitive sport of whaling only the brave needed applyLines of bawdy ruffians, skilled warriors and vagabonds need only ap [...]

    9. All I can say is that it is over! Wow, I've forgotton how classical writers can take days to work up to a plot.

    10. I love to read, but this one took me all summer plus to read. Learned more about whaling in the 1800s, but have lost several months of my life as a result.

    11. Ishmael is wanting to go on a waling ship. The ships caption, Captain Ahab, is very straight forward and is obsessed with finding the white whale. They get some whales and they spot the white whale and go chasing after it but it distoryes there row boats. Ahab is taken over bored of the row boat and dies because of Moby Dick. Ishmael changes the most because at the beginning of the book he did not know much about the wales. he learned lots about them and how to catch them. He all so changes to n [...]

    12. This one is worthy of its billing as a classic. In reading it you are likely to:- enrich your vocabulary- exercise your discipline and patience- behold an epic tale that will broach the subjects of spirituality, human behaviour, causality, race relations and the world of whaling/seafaring among a great many other things. A fantastic read and I reckon most readers would find multiple aspects to enjoy about this one.

    13. Nature and Humankind - an extraordinary book to learn about nature's power, human limits and respect!!! Strongly proposed to young people - great book to grow up with!!

    14. I don't know I was attracted by the beautiful writing at the beginning, but then it got so boooooooooring. I don't even want to give it another try ever again.

    15. What a great book! I read this many years ago too quickly, and did not appreciate it so much then. This time, I have read it more carefully. It's fantastic, especially the first 100+ pages, and the concluding 100+ pages.The first 20 chapters, that the first 100+ pages, introduce us to Ishmael, his decision to go to sea, his joining up with Queequeg, and departing on the whaler Pequod. The introduction of Queequeg is brilliant; the church scenes are spot-on, and Ishmael offers no end of commentar [...]

    16. Hay tres clases de hombres: los que están vivos, los que están muertos y los que están en el mar.No sé quien me lo dijo o donde lo leí, ni quiero acordarme,He leído las tres cuartas partes del libro. El pobre, por cierto, ha pasado innumerables tribulaciones en el viaje que emprendió en mi bolsa, pero eso es cosa digna de un ballenero, un barco ballenero. Mojado está y más gordo que nunca por consecuencia.Si fuera capitàn de barco creo que no podría leer siquiera.-No, cuando navegas n [...]

    17. For me, Moby Dick achieved three main things very well. It educated me about whales and whaling, and in doing so it imposed a sense of awe and appreciation for whales. Thirdly, it told a dramatic and enjoyable story of an obsessed man and his journey.Melville spent many chapters on the technical aspects of whaling. There was a lengthy chapter describing every species of whale “of note,” even though there were only two species in the story itself. There were several chapters detailing the har [...]

    18. A classic and a good read, too. Melville's characters represent all sorts of "types," with Captain Ahab himself saying his mates Starbuck and Stubb represented the poles of the earth, with Ahab in between. Ahab, of course, was filled with vengeance. Melville does not sugar coat the prejudices of the time, but he does work through them by having his non-white characters, like trusty Queequeg, show their talents, intelligence, strength, or other attributes, and often themselves being more tolerant [...]

    19. I swear to almighty Ahab, I feel like I've gone after the whale, slaughtered it, and then had to cook and eat it all in one setting. This was the most painful thing I have ever gone thru, reading this damn book. Not that it didn't have its moments. However, this is not the seafaring adventure they try to sell you in high school. I admit, I've said I read this book but I "read" it in high school: ie: I just followed along in class. I didn't actually read it. Now I can say that I have. Now that I [...]

    20. In the book, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Ishmael leaves his previous life as a school teacher and wants to become a whaler aboard a whaling ship. He has made several voyages as a sailor but none as a whaler. He then goes to New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he meets Queequeg at an inn. Queequeg has very strange habits and is covered with tattoos, but Ishmael eventually comes to appreciate the man’s good nature. The two eventually decide to seek work on a whaling vessel together. They decided [...]

    21. I know Moby Dick is a classic, but gee whiz! This book contains so many pages/chapters of factual details about whales, whaling and whaling ships/traditions, that I must admit I was bored throughout much of the story. Still, considering this book was first published in 1851, I was quite impressed that Melville used such a diverse cast of characters to serve as the crew on the Pequot, Captain Ahab's ship. The crew is made up of White, Black and Hispanic men, with lifestyles ranging from Christian [...]

    22. It was gorgeous writing sandwiching an encyclopedia about whales, whaling, and the history of whales in literature. I am not an academic or an intellectual, so I found it difficult to digest, but I can definitely understand why it is as important and lauded as it is. For those aspiring to literary greatness, it is a must read. For those of us who are not and just simply want to either a) find out what the hype is all about or b) claim bragging rights and, consequently, faux literati status, I'll [...]

    23. Putting the book down for months, yea, even years at the time, I found it so boring. Yet curiosity spurred me on time and time again. I would pick it up, read a chapter or two, then leave it for months on end again. The greatest American novel they proclaimed. I HAD to know why.Some say they will not read a book if the first chapter doesn't grab their attention. Some will devote only a paragraph to their decision. Others will give the author only a sentence of a chance. I find those that grab an [...]

    24. I had finished this book a year ago and for reasons unknown had forgotten to update the thing.I was ridiculously proud of having finished it, since this is one of those books you read frantically in the hopes of skimming the chapters you need for school. You get a general idea, but you never finish it and if you do it's an effing miracle.So a miracle happened and I finished it. REALLY a miracle. It's a difficult read, I'm not gonna lie. Especially difficult because after the first Ishmael-persp [...]

    25. Reading this book was struggle for me. Not because it was a hard book to read, it was just so slow and quite possibly one of the most boring books I've read. I then tried to read the audio book, but I think that was even worst. I can see how people like the more classic books and all, but this book just made me want to sleep. In the first 100 pages of reading it would often talk about how the main character would be upset with the ship he was on. He had to sleep next to a cannibal and that the s [...]

    26. The book Moby Dick is considered one of the most strangest and most wonderful books ever written. The book's plot starts off slow, then as the book goes on it gets more and more interesting and exciting. Some people may say that this book is not interesting and it isn't a book that they would consider. Which I can understand because you really need to be dedicated to reading this book because if you're not patient when your reading the book and you just want something really dazzling to happen r [...]

    27. The title is Moby Dick. The author is Rob Espinosa. In this book the main character finds himself looking for a job to spear whales. He stays in a hotel a phew days and meets a friend. They then get a job spearing whales together. The captain is mean and mad. The whale that bit of his leg is named Moby Dick. They find Moby Dick and slay him. Captain Ahabs is very mean selfish and mad because a whale bit off his leg. He is also restless in finding Moby Dick. Queequeg is a loyal friend. He tries t [...]

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