This is not one book but three interspersed with each other. The first book, and the one that everyone wants, is the story of Ahab and the whale. The second is a collection of facts and maybe rumors about various whales, and is of some value but mostly not needed to support the story. The third is probably best described as philosophy of which very little supports the story.
So if the story of Ahab and the whale were to be pulled out this would be worth 4.5 stars or better. Bundle it with the whale facts book and it drops it to maybe 4 stars. Leave it as is and it's about 3 stars.
I enjoyed the narrators style and cadence. Really helped me make it to the end.
Ugh. Yes and no. Its a classic tale bit man is it a chore to get through. You've really got to like the genre and be committed.
Its just so dang wordy. I mean every single sentence is a long, complex, verbose paragraph. The speech patterns were different back in the time this was written and thank goodness we have become far more efficient in our communication syntax. I consider myself fairly well read and educated and I tuned out to a lot of the rambling, esoteric junk. And the terms he used. They could have been sailing on a space ship for all I understood.
I feel like 85% of it could have been cut out and it would be a smash hit classic. There were like 5 chapters covering the types of whales in the ocean. Like in depth, scientific, economical details on whales.... and some chapters went randomly off topic for long periods of time. And then we get a few about the various whaling regions and whaling men and how they difference in size, attitude, skill, language... then we get the history and evolution of the crows nest. Good grief, shut up Melville and tell the damn story.
The main story is great... just tell me that. That's what I want to hear. Maybe get an abridged version.
Loved it. Fantastic narration. i now know why it is a classic. Why must i write 20 words when my thought is complete?
It was a struggle to get through this book. 135 chapters, Moby Dick doesn't show up until chapter 133. That pretty much says it all. The reader did a really good job though.
Do you know the fate of Ishmael , capt ahab and his crew and the book warns of flcinfronting foes whom would rather swim away till they are pushed to their limit.