Trailer Ñ Moby-Dick; or, The Whale PDF by ☆ Herman Melville I was that precocious brat who first read the whale esque sized Moby Dick at the age of nine Why I had my reasons, and they were twofold 1 I was in the middle of my I love Jacques Cousteau phase, and this book had a picture of a whale on the cover 2 It was on the bookshelf juuuuust above my reach, and so obviously it was good because it was clearly meant to be not for little kids , and that made my little but bloated ego very happy So, in retrospect, were War and Peace and Le P re Goriot and The Great Gatsby In retrospect, there may have been an underlying pattern behind my childhood reading choices From what I remember, I read this book as a sort of encyclopedia, a bunch of short articles about whaling and whale taxonomy and many ways to skin a whale and occasional interruptions from little bits of what as I now see it was the plot It was confus i tried.
Both ends of the line are exposed the lower end terminating in an eye splice or loop coming up from the bottom against the side of the tub, and hanging over its edge completely disengaged from everything This arrangement of the lower end is necessary on two accounts First In order to facilitate the fastening to it of an additional line from a neighboring boat, in case the stricken whale should sound so deep as to threaten to carry off the entire line originally attached to the harpoon In these instances, the whale of course is shifted like a mug of ale, as it were, from the one boat to the other though the first boat always hovers at hand to assist its consort Second This arrangement is indispensible for common safety s sake for were the lower end of the line in any way attached to the boat, and were the First Published In , This Realistic Account Of A Whaling Voyage, Drawing On Melville S Own Experience As A Merchant Seaman, Contains Within A Symbolic Account Of The Conflict Between Man And His Fate It Is The Fruit Of Melville S Three Year Residence In Pittsfield, Massachusetts The Extraordinary Vigor And Color Of This Novel And Its Philosophical And Allegorical Undertones Reflecting On The Nature Of Evil Have Given It A Place Among The Classic Sea Stories And Rendered It A Perennial FavoriteThe Outcast Youth Ishmael, Succumbing To Wanderlust During A Dreary New England Autumn, Goes To New Bedford, Planning To Ship On A Whaler There He Draws As A Roommate Queequeg, A Polynesian Prince, And The Two Become The Best Of Comrades Despite Their Philosophical Differences And Foreign BackgroundsIshmael And Queequeg Go To Nantucket And Sign On The Pequod, Which Sails On Christmas Day Under The Command Of The One Legged Captain Ahab Ahab Is No Ordinary Whaler He Has Set Himself On A Monomaniacal Course To Capture The Fierce, Cunning White Whale, Moby Dick, Which Tore Away His Leg During Their Last Encounter So, Herman Melville s Moby Dick is supposed by many to be the greatest Engligh language novel ever written, especially among those written in the Romantic tradition Meh.
It s not that I don t get that there s a TON of complexity, subtlety, and depth to this book about a mad captain s quest for revenge against a great white whale And on the surface it s even a pretty darn good adventure story And, honestly, Melville s prose is flowing, elegant, and as beautiful as any writing can possibly be It s magnificent, actually.
It s just that any enjoyment or satisfaction I got out of the book was overshadowed by the tedious, largely pointless stretches of encylopedic descriptions about the whaling industry Melville strikes me as one of those people who would corner you at a party and talk incessantly about whaling, whaling ships, whales, whale diet, whale etymology, whale zoology, w There once was a grouchy alpha whale named Moby Dick who rather than being agreeably shorn of his blubber and having lumpy sperm scooped out of his cranium like cottage cheese chose life Unlike so many shiftless, layabout sea mammals of his generation, Moby Dick did not go gentle into that good night This whale, in short, was not a back of the bus rider He assailed a shallow, consumerist society, which objectified him only as lamp oil or corset ribbing, with the persuasive argument of his thrashing tail, gaping maw, and herculean bulk In his seminal in ways than one animal rights saga, Herman Melville conjures an aquatic, rascally Norma Rae out of an elephantine albino whale Reasonably enough, Moby Dick hereafter M.
, despite possible confusions with the profession is irritable when people are chasing him, stabbing him with harpoons, and trying to kill him Thus, in I hate this book so much It is impossible to ignore the literary merit of this work though it is, after all, a piece of innovative literature Melville broke narrative expectations when he shed the narrator Ishmael and burst through with his infinite knowledge of all things whale It was most creative, but then he pounded the reader with his knowledge of the whaling industry that could, quite literally, fill several textbooks This made the book so incredibly dull I m not being na ve towards this book s place in the literary cannon, but I am sharing my agony for a book that bored me half to death with its singularity of purpose and expression it s obsession with whales I m just sick of themI understand that this is the main motif of the book Ahab becomes fuelled with his need to slay the leviathan, but it 896 Moby Dick The Whale, Herman MelvilleMoby Dick or, The Whale is a novel by American writer Herman Melville, published in 1851 during the period of the American Renaissance Sailor Ishmael tells the story of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the white whale that on the previous whaling voyage bit off Ahab s leg at the knee The novel was a commercial failure and out of print at the time of the author s death in 1891, but during the 20th century, its reputation as a Great American Novel was established William Faulkner confessed he wished he had written it himself, and D H Lawrence called it one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world , and the greatest book of the sea ever written Call me Ishmael is among world literature s most famous opening sentences 20 So I just finished it a couple of days ago and pretty much everything else pales in comparison About three hundred pages in, it was already in my top ten favorite novels of all time, and it didn t disappoint much as I continued reading I actually deliberately drew out getting to the ending so I could savor the last few hundred pages or so Damn What a doozy What can really be said about this book which hasn t been said before A couple of major points that bear mentioning It s dense The language is deeply referential, complex, allusive and encyclopedic, poetic in almost an archaic way You have to slow down a bit and reread the sentences in order to get their maximum impact You can read it, it just means that if you really want to get the full experience, you should kick the can slowly d
Where the White Whale, yo Ah, my first DBR And possibly my last, as this could be a complete shit show Approaching a review of Moby Dick in a state of sobriety just wasn t cutting it, though So let s raise our glasses to Option B, yeah I fucking love this book It took me eight hundred years to read it, but it was so, so worth it Melville s writing is impeccable The parallels he draws, even when he s seemingly pulling them out of his ass, which I swear to God he s doing, because who can find this many parallels to draw when talking about a whale, are just perfect He can compare any and every aspect of the whale did you know this whole book is about a whale to the human condition And he does so in a way that is humorous and poetic It is pretty remarkable, I tell you.
So here s the thing I had zero interest in w I re read Moby Dick following my research trips to the whaling museums of New Bedford and Nantucket whaling museums The particular edition I read from University of California Press is HIGHLY recommended as the typeface is extremely agreeable to the eyes and the illustrations are subtle and instructive without ever interfering or drawing attention away from the story Perhaps that s where the latent interest grew deep in my soul as regards the whaling museums and since life offered me recently the opportunity to see and enjoy both, I grabbed at the chance and am so glad to have done so This reading of Melville is so much interesting having now a lot background on the various factors social, economic, and physical that info