It is the horrible texture of a fabric that should be woven of ships cables and hawsers A Polar wind blows through it, and birds of prey hover over it So Melville wrote of his masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imagination in literary history In part, Moby Dick is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and da It is the horrible texture of a fabric that should be woven of ships cables and hawsers A Polar wind blows through it, and birds of prey hover over it So Melville wrote of his masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imagination in literary history In part, Moby Dick is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself But than just a novel of adventure, than an encyclopaedia of whaling lore and legend, the book can be seen as part of its author s lifelong meditation on America Written with wonderfully redemptive humour, Moby Dick is also a profound inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.
Moby Dick It is the horrible texture of a fabric that should be woven of ships cables and hawsers A Polar wind blows through it and birds of prey hover over it So Melville wrote of his masterpiece one of the
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 [...]
LISA Dad, you can t take revenge on an animal That s the whole point of Moby Dick.HOMER Oh Lisa, the point of Moby Dick is be yourself The Simpsons, Season 15, Episode 5, The Fat and the Furriest There, there Stop your crying You didn t like Herman Melville s Moby Dick You didn t even finish it I m here to tell you, that s okay You re still a good person You will still be invited to Thanksgiving dinner You won t be arrested, incarcerated, or exiled You will not be shunned except by English major [...]
UPDATED I re read Moby Dick following my research trips to the whaling museums ofNew 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 rece [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
I hate this bookso 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 bo [...]
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 thrash [...]
Everyone eventually comes across the White Whale in one form or another The trick is to not keep its attention for too long Avast Dost thee have a five spot thou can see thyself parting ways with No Jibberjab up the wigwam Cuisinart the poopdeck What s that ye say Thou canst not make heads nor tails of what I sayeth Here then Let me take this pipe outta my mouth and stop menacing you with this harpoon Better Good.Huh No, no Ho ho I wasn t asking for money I was asking if you ve seen the White Wh [...]
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 [...]
Call me Ishmael OK, even those who have not read Melville s words, know about this iconic beginning Why Ishmael Why not Consider the subtleness of the sea how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure Consider also the devilish brilliance and beauty of many of its most remorseless tribes, as the dainty embellished shape of many species of sharks Consider, once , the universal cannibalism of the sea al [...]
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 i [...]
This was the first CLASSIC I ever read strictly for pleasureAnd I really, really enjoyed itr the most part see below While recognizing its hallowed place among the canon of world literature, I was still surprised, pleasantly so, at how captivated I became with the novel from the very beginning Instantly, I loved the character of Ishmael and was amused by his unconventional introduction in the novel Forced for economic reasons to share a room at in inn with a complete stranger, described by Melvi [...]
In 1819 in Manhattan, a strange trial was commencing A merchant of that great city had been found in possession of barrels of spermacetti, the fine quality oil which may be obtained from the head of the Sperm Whale When an inspector demanded he pay the proper taxes on his goods, the merchant, who apparently made a hobby of science, declared that he had no fish product in his possession, and so the tax did not apply He was duly arrested and, contending the charges, a trial was begun to determine, [...]
Aye, aye And I ll chase him round Good Hope, and round the Horn, and round the Norway Maelstrom, and round perdition s flames before I give him up And this is what ye have shipped for, men To chase that white whale on both sides of land, and over all sides of earth, till he spouts black blood and rolls fin out Captain AhabStripped of its multitude of digressions, Moby Dick is at heart a fantastic adventure and literary treasure brimming with symbolism and some of the most colorful and memorable [...]
Ishmael,as now we finally got to know each other I allowed myself to scribble some words to you At first, I wanted to thank you for your fascinating report from your voyage I had heard, always from second hand, many accounts about that what happened to you and your companions Some claimed that it was stupidity and unbelievable bravado to chase after that Moby Dick Others maintained that it was manful adventure and any landlubber would never be able to understand that Anyway, I m glad that I even [...]
OH MY HOLY MOTHER FUCK This novel, this FUCKING novel Phenomenal Astounding Groundbreaking One of the greatest novels ever written Yeah there s like 200 pages of whale anatomy and the history of whales in literature and whales in art and whale classification and I LOVED EVERY SINGLE WORD OF IT So it s five stars Yes, five stars A five star rating here is as rare as seeing the White Whale itself READ THIS RIGHT FUCKING NOW NOW NOW NOW.
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Is there a polite version of saying I hope you re roasting in hell since you died Herman Melville If there s not, there should beScrew you, Melville.Once on Imdb books section , I saw some yahoo saying to a naysayer of Moby Dick It s your loss The naysayer replied sarcastically My loss On no What will my boss and my wife and friends think of me when I tell them I gave Moby Dick 1 star That s my feeling as well.This book is only for the pedants, the elite of snootiness, many of whom will be real [...]
A public house in Pittsfield, Mass Two men are at the bar the bearded man stands, the mustachioed man sits They take a drink of ale and the bearded man speaks.Melville I m doing it I ve decided.Hawthorne Doing what Melville Writing my sodomy book Hawthorne HermanMelville NathanielHawthorne It is unwise Melville Well s about sodomites than sodomy.Hawthorne Why would you do this Melville Sodomy exists, Nathaniel, and someone needs to write about it It might as well be me.Hawthorne You will be cru [...]
I have to admit to a long standing curiosity about Moby Dick not least of which is why the albino whale s name is hyphenated in the title but just plain Moby Dick in the text itself I read and loved a Reader s Digest condensed version gasps of dismay echo across the Metaverse at this news of this book around second grade and have always wondered what the arbiters of taste at Reader s Digest decided to leave on the cutting room floor Could it have been an illicit love scene between Ishmael and hi [...]
There s an old 1950s science fiction story in which aliens have taken over Earth and now wish to learn everything about the human race But they can t tell what s important and what s trivial, yet So to be on the safe side, they employ people to read every single book ever published and summarise its main points And the story is a day in the life of one of these readers And he s got Moby Dick And what he writes on the file index card is Nineteenth century knowledge about cetaceans, particularly p [...]
Wanna know a secret Lean over here and I ll tell you This is the first time I ve read Moby Dick No lie 43 years old, never read it That assignment in high school Skipped it Faked the report Thank you, Cliff Notes By that, I mean the guy named Cliff in my English class He owed me a favor A whale of a favor And college Bachelor s degree in Humanities I had to have read Moby Dick, right Wrong Just snippets Excerpts Then, feeling the guilt of being an educated American who had not read the book, I [...]
Fuck me with a mincing knife such that I shit banana splits, but is this the most lushly, gorgeously written sea skein of supernal and scotopic skaldic skill ever set to run before the trade winds for a voyage of six hundred and twenty five pearlescent pages Could aught be a ariose attar of tars in cetological skin, a testimonial to the Old Testament wherein the primal and subcutaneous have pride of place and the canvas of the watery sprawl infinitely spread about the buffeted body shivers the [...]
What can I say about this great American novel that hasn t already been said by generations of readers and academics Moby Dick is as mammoth, mysterious and elusive as the enormous white whale that gives the book its name The opening line Call me Ishmael is one of the most famous in all literature And even people who ve never read it are familiar with the peg legged, vengeance seeking Captain Ahab, the archetype for any maniacally obsessed leader What makes the novel so fascinating is how modern [...]
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Oh, trebly hooped and welded hip of power Oh, high aspiring, rainbowed jet that one strivest, this one jettest all in vain In vain, oh whale, dost though seek intercedings with yon all quickening sun, that only calls forth life, but gives it not again Yet dost thou, darker half, rock me with a prouder, if a darker faith All thy unnamable imminglings float beneath me here I am buoyed by breaths of once living things, exhaled as air, but water now.A month before this review was written, the video [...]
3.5 stars.I finally finished this behemoth of a book, in just under a year I did in fact take around a 10 month or so break, so that is understandable, but I m so glad I persevered and completed it Moby Dick, although unfuriating and challenging at the best of times, is well worth the read.The storyline generally follows a sailor called Ishmael, who along with new found friend and harpooner Queequeg, gets a job aboard the Peyquod, a whaling ship manned by the insane Captain Ahab The crew think t [...]
Book ReviewImagine being back in 1851 when Herman Melville published Moby Dick or, The Whale, previously known as The Whale American was close to civil war People and classes struggled against everything going on in their lives No one had answers It was a constant struggle between the right thing and the wrong thing And thus was born the giant struggle at the core of this book it s not about trying to capture a whale or giant fish It s what everything in the book symbolizes But that s just the t [...]