Moby-Dick, or, the Whale by Herman MelvilleIt 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 more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopaedia of whaling lore and legend, the book can be seen as part of its authors lifelong meditation on America. Written with wonderfully redemptive humour, Moby-Dick is also a profound inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.
This edition of Moby-Dick, which reproduces the definitive text of the novel, includes invaluable explanatory notes, along with maps, illustrations, and a glossary of nautical terms.
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The book is sailor Ishmael 's narrative of the obsessive quest of Ahab , captain of the whaling ship Pequod , for revenge on Moby Dick , the giant white sperm whale that on the ship's previous voyage bit off Ahab's leg at the knee. A contribution to the literature of the American Renaissance , the work's genre classifications range from late Romantic to early Symbolist.
Moby-Dick, or, the Whale
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At least to the human eye, a sperm whale is a profoundly weird-looking animal, and Hoare makes the weirdness seem somehow familiar. In Provincetown, he finds himself in a boat with the redoubtable and magnificently named Stormy Mayo, a Cape Codder who has devoted his life to studying and protecting the to remaining Atlantic right whales. Hoare describes how Mayo — wearing a hockey mask and a helmet equipped with a video camera — tries to untangle right whales from fishing nets. View all New York Times newsletters. The scientists who fitted out the Voyager probe decided that the song of the humpback was the best way to greet any possible aliens. This means that long after all of us are gone, the call of the whale will be traveling out into the distant reaches of the universe. Since this is a book about deep divers, Hoare starts with an account of his near birth within a submarine.
I have been fascinated by whales since I was a boy and saw a performing orca at Windsor Safari Park. But it was only when I saw my first whales in the wild, off Provincetown, Cape Cod, that fascination turned to obsession. So here's a top 10 of whaling books, as might be chosen by a modern Ishmael. Buy Leviathan, or The Whale at the Guardian bookshop. First published in London in in order to register its copyright in America , Melville's book mystified his British editor, who simply cut out parts he found immoral or blasphemous.
Over time we may update, add or remove books to best suit our book collection. Whales, Dolphins And Porpoises is an introductory guide that offers enlightening information to 96 species of cetacea, some of which can be spotted on whaling watching tours and expeditions. The Cultural Lives Of Whales And Dolphins explores the social and cultural aspects of these marine mammals, and provides us with a glimpse into their lives as to how they survive and communicate with one another. Moby Dick is a classic tale of revenge of a whaler who lost his leg and ship in a previous fight with a sperm whale and now seeks retribution for the losses he has suffered. In The Heart Of The Sea is a NYT Best Seller detailing the story of twenty crew members who are faced with surviving a sinking ship in the middle of the ocean as the deal with angry weather, hunger and disease.