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Moby-Dick is widely considered to be the Great American Novel and a treasure of world literature. The story details the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whale ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale: Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. And Ahab intends to take revenge.

Public Domain (P)2011 Trout Lake Media

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books like this are why young people stop reading

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

first, i know there's a big difference between contemporary and early american literature. this book is an example of how awful early american literature was and only asserts the importance of revolutionaries like ernest hemingway, who transformed writing into something people could actually digest. the only reason to read this book is to feel a need to explore classics, but please do it sparingly. it's just painful.

What was most disappointing about Herman Melville’s story?

i think there were 135 chapters, and i think moby dick didn't appear until 132 or 133. too many chapters were actually lessons in marine biology, teaching us the minute details and differences between whale species and mundane goings on aboard the boat. i skipped a good handful of chapters when i realized what i was in for.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Nelson?

i can't answer who i would replace him with, but what i can say is that the book sounded as if the voice were computer generated. it was delivered rather robotically and unemotionally. zzzzz.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

i was bothered by what seemed like several racist references. i wish i could remember verbatim how a mexican character described himself as basically lazy and without motivation, seemingly as for no other reason than because he was mexican. that was disturbing.

Any additional comments?

i had found an abridged version on CD in a local library. i should have chosen that instead of this version.

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Moby Dick not

I had read Moby Dick in high school (I think). I have seen the movie. I had recently watched a documentary about the whaleship Essex. I love whales, particularly angry big white whales. So downloading Moby Dick was a no-brainer. Wow. What a strange, sublime, and confusing book! I felt like Melville had written the last three chapters, put them away for a few years, and then filled in the beginning so he had a novel. Only it's not really a novel. He wrote it prior to Darwins publishing origin of species in 1859. I wonder what kind of book Melville would have written if he had first read origin of species.

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