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Moby-Dick or, The Whale

by Herman Melville

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One of Giles Coren's favourite books.

A swashbuckling adventure story of seemingly epic proportions. The plot follows a half-crazed sea captain who seeks bitter revenge on a white whale who previously deprived him of his legs. Extraordinary details of ships, whale anatomy, and the nature of man make this novel intense and deeply fascinating. The first line of Moby Dick, ‘Call me Ishmael,’ has been described as one of the most immortal openings to any book in literary history. A must read classic.

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Moby-Dick or, The Whale Synopsis

Captain Ahab is an eerily compelling madman who focuses his distilled hatred and suffering (and that of generations before him) into the pursuit of a creature as vast, dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. More than just a novel of adventure, this is a haunting social commentary populated with some of the most enduring characters in literature. Written with wonderfully redemptive humour, Moby Dick is a profound and timeless inquiry into character, faith and the nature of perception.

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ISBN: 9780142437247
Publication date: 27/02/2003
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9780142437247
Publication date: 27th February 2003
Author: Herman Melville
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 720 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

About Herman Melville

Herman Melville was born Herman Melvill (the ‘e’ was added in the 1830s) on 1 August, 1819, in New York City to a wealthy importer. The Melvilles moved to Albany after Herman’s father was bankrupted. His father died soon after and the young Herman worked variously as a farmer, bookkeeper, teacher and bank clerk. At the age of 20 he signed on as a deck hand of a trading ship, the St. Lawrence, sailing to Liverpool and back. Soon after his return he set sail for the South Pacific aboard the whaling ship Acusnet. In the Marquesas, Melville jumped ship and spent ...

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