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Moby-Dick or, The Whale
by Herman Melville

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Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville Overview

'Call me Ishmael.' So begins Herman Melville's masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imagination in literary history. As Ishmael is drawn into Captain Ahab's obsessive quest to slay the white whale Moby-Dick, he finds himself engaged in a metaphysical struggle between good and evil. More than just a novel of adventure, more than an paean to whaling lore and legend, Mo 'Call me Ishmael.' So begins Herman Melville's masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imagination in literary history. As Ishmael is drawn into Captain Ahab's obsessive quest to slay the white whale Moby-Dick, he finds himself engaged in a metaphysical struggle between good and evil. More than just a novel of adventure, more than an paean to whaling lore and legend, Moby-Dick is a haunting social commentary, populated by some of the most enduring characters in literature; the crew of the Pequod, from stern, Quaker First Mate Starbuck, to the tattooed Polynesian harpooner Queequeg, are a vision of the world in microcosm, the pinnacle of Melville's lifelong meditation on America. Written with wonderfully redemptive humour, Moby-Dick is a profound, poetic inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception. Based on the Northwestern University Press edition, this Penguin Classics edition includes a critical introduction by Andrew Delbanco, as well as valuable explanatory notes, maps, illustrations and a glossary of nautical terms. Herman Melville is now regarded as one of America's greatest novelists. Much of the material for his novels was drawn from his own experience as a seaman aboard whaling ships. He wrote his masterpiece Moby-Dick in 1851, and died in 1891.

Herman Melville

About Moby-Dick or, The Whale Description

Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. His first two books gained much attention, though they were not bestsellers, and his popularity declined precipitously only a few years later. By the time of his death he had been almost completely forgotten, but his longest novel, Moby-Dick — largely considered a failure during his lifetime, and most responsible for

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Original Title Moby Dick; or, The Whale ISBN 0142437247 (ISBN13: 9780142437247 ) Edition Language English Characters Elijah, Stubb, Captain Ahab, Ishmael, Queequeg...more , Starbuck, Tashtego, Dough-boy, Flask, Daggoo, Fedallah, Pippin ("Pip"), Moby Dick, Mapple Priest, Peleg, Bildad, Fleece, Perth...less setting Nantucket Island, Massachusetts (United States) Pacific Ocean Atlantic Ocean …more New Bedford, Massachusetts (United States) …less Literary Awards Audie Award for Solo Narration - Male (2006), Премія імені Максима Рильського (1991) (2013)