Ishmael, a sailor looking for his next adventure, and his friend who happens to be a former prince, sign up to join a whaling ship in Nantucket. The morning before they set sail on their voyage, many ominous signs of what the pair's fate may be are seen and heard through sermon and prophecy as the two friends ignore the warnings and make their way to the docks.
Soon into the trip, the one-legged Captain Ahab announces that the whaling adventure is really a hunt for one very specific large, white sperm whale that took the Captain's leg and sunk his ship. Ahab also announces a contest, a gold doubloon for the first man to spot Moby Dick, the giant whale they are seeking. The crew pursues several whales that they believe could be the infamous Moby Dick, but they continue to turn up empty handed.
The sailors carry on in search of Moby Dick, among many other ships. Surviving through typhoon seas, they chance upon a boat that has been ravaged by none other than Moby Dick. The captain of the destroyed boat tells Ahab that the whale simply cannot be killed. Nevertheless, Ahab's crew sets off after the whale and finally spot him. After a three-day whale chase, Ahab's quest for vengeance turns into a tragedy for everyone involved.
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Soaked in metaphors and visual imagery, ‘Moby Dick’ is a masterpiece of American literature that is immersive, though can be difficult to get through at times. A core of any American literature canon, this particular version of the book is soothing to listen to; the voice of the narrator adds to the atmospheric nature of the novel.
Ishmael’s story hunting for this great whale accurately depicts the American dream and the American experience. It is no wonder than when crafting lists for American literature classes that this book is always at the top of the list, and the one that is used to compare other great works of American literature to, like ‘The Great Gatsby’ or ‘A Farewell to Arms.’ The themes and prose of this particular work allow it to keep its place in the American literature canon, and once reading it, you’ll see that it is well deserved.
Melville accurately captures life on the North American coast, drawing in readers with his fascinating and in-depth characters. Though the plot might not always drive forward at every moment, Melville has a way of keeping you engaged in the story through the world that he has crafted. For readers of good literature, this book is an absolute must both to keep on your shelf to keep going back to time and time again.
Though Melville has written many great works, this is the piece that is often upheld as a masterpiece of American literature. Philippe Duquenoy was the right choice as the narrator, his slightly gravely and rough voice perfectly reflecting the ambiance that Melville has created.
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