Moby-Dick, Or, the Whale

Moby-Dick, Or, the Whale

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A nineteenth-century tale of life aboard a New England whaling ship whose captain is obsessed with the pursuit of a large white whale.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2009
Edition: A Penguin enriched eBook Classic
ISBN: 9781101100424
1101100427
9781101100431
1101100435
9781101100394
1101100397
Branch Call Number: PS2384 .M6 2009x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file
Uniform Title: Whale
Moby-Dick

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BeccaBB Oct 16, 2012

A lot of people are familiar with this story but fewer people have ever read it. Until now I was one of those people. And I could see why people would be put off by this book. It’s a good story, even a great story. But it is long. And Ismael, our narrator, is verbose to say the least. You h... Read More »


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 24, 2017

The writer tells the story of a man voyaging to see whales. The story emphasizes Moby Dick, an albino sperm whale, that one of the crew members wants revenge on for taking his leg. An interesting set of characters and very diverse, the story is also heavily influenced by Shakespeare and the Bible. What I thought of the novel, however, was that it was deep but there were unnecessary pages, completely describing how boats work. It may just be me from my modern age perspective but this is very difficult to read, and I often caught myself daydreaming.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Weyes2Wonder
Aug 04, 2017

Purposely prepare yourself, before reading Moby Dick for the first time.
Try to distance yourself from it's earning a classic status over it's history.
It has nothing to do with modern proclivities or sensibilities and therefore, can not be assessed by comparisons to the contemporary world. It is a remarkably-vivid window into the Human Nature of a bygone era. When "high adventure" was only measured by surviving it.
For your Soul to grasp the magnitude of the tale, for your Heart to exalt in its passions,
allow your imagination all the capacity it requires, to fully immerse yourself in the story's time and place. How much your expectations are exceeded, is proportional to how many you have in the first place.
Read this book..... on IT'S own terms.
It instills distinctive understandings about Life.
Then you can use those....... on YOUR own terms.

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patch666
Apr 25, 2017

The masterpiece of all literature everything is in there . A metaphysical work of art. ASTONISHING. I read it in the eight grade and still read it now. An excellent beach book or sitting in front of the fire in my cabin on the woods . 420

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 08, 2016

This book is an epic tale, a masterpiece, and a revered piece of literature as a timeless classic for a reason. Melville commands your attention instantly, and although for some this may be a difficult read that requires pages to be read multiple times, this is a book that you will never regret reading. It is remarkably poetic and humorous for a book about a whale, and the real beauty of the book is that it really isn’t about a whale at all – it is about the exploration of the human condition, in every aspect you could explore. You cannot go into this book reading it just to read it, as many do with classics; this book deserves respect in its eloquence and the ability that Melville has to draw so many parallels between what it means to be a human and whales. - @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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IV27HUjg
Jul 12, 2016

I've tried to get through this over years...finally relied on Nathaniel Philbrick to explain it to me. What a difference.

EnchantedShyRose Mar 06, 2016

Moby Dick lol

BookMatchLibrarian Jan 26, 2016

Melville's legendary tale of an obsessed sea captain and his pursuit of the monstrous whale that bit off his leg

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xNerdyGirlx
Jan 13, 2016

Good read, But it captures whales as monsters. I know that's not true, plus I'm not too fond of the killing of these intelligent, socially complex beautiful creatures.

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Super_Pro
Jun 29, 2015

Read

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hajmola
Jun 29, 2015

yeah boring..but to be fair only read a few pages..but did not have the inclination to continue

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ellensix Oct 09, 2015

"I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing."
—Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

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AlexQ0
Jun 29, 2014

"Call me Ishmael"

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EricaReynolds
Jan 02, 2014

The more so, I say, because truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.

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EricaReynolds
Jan 02, 2014

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.

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EricaReynolds
Jan 02, 2014

"Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever."

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EricaReynolds
Jan 02, 2014

"Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can."

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yonit9
Nov 07, 2014

Ishmael goes whaling with a friend but the Captain, Ahab, wants revenge on the whale Moby Dick for eating his leg. They kill lots of whales, meet many crazy people who are prophetic, meet other ships, go through tragedies, sail around, and end up all dying against Moby Dick except for Ishmael.

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