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Title:Moby-Dick or, The Whale
Format Type:Ebook
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Publisher:Penguin Classics
ISBN:0142437247
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Number of Pages:720
Category:Classics, Fiction, Literature, Adventure, Novels, Historical fiction, American, Th century, Classic literature, Abandoned

Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville, Andrew Delbanco, Tom Quirk

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Moby-Dick or, The Whale i Call me Ishmael i b .

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 i Moby Dick i 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 i Moby Dick i 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 i Moby Dick i in and died in

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