Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is a novel by American writer Herman Melville, sailor Ishmael's account of the obsessive quest for vengeance of Ahab, captain of the whaler Pequod, on the white whale Moby Dick that on the ship's previous whaling 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 literature. The book was published to mixed, predominantly debunking reviews, became a commercial failure, and was out of print at the time of the author's death in
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The story tells the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whaling ship Pequodcommanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab does not mean to use the Pequod and her crew to hunt whales for market trade, as whaling ships generally do. Ahab seeks one specific whale, Moby-Dick, a white whale of tremendous size and ferocity.
Moby-Dick is an novel by Herman Melville. The story tells the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whaling ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale, Moby-Dick, a white whale of tremendous size and ferocity. Comparatively few whaling ships know of Moby-Dick, and fewer yet have encountered him.
It only takes a minute and you don't need a PayPal account. No American masterpiece casts quite as awesome a shadow as Melville's monumental Moby Dick. Mad Captain Ahab's quest for the White Whale is a timeless epic, a stirring tragedy of vengeance and obsession, a searing parable about humanity lost in a universe of moral ambiguity.
With these words, opens one of the strangest and most gripping stories ever written about the sea and sea-faring. Moby Dick by Herman Melville is today considered one of the greatest novels written in America but paradoxically, it was a miserable failure when it first made its debut in Entitled Moby Dick or The Whale the book finally got its due after the author's death and is now regarded as a classic portrayal of mania and fatal obsession.
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville, first published inis a classic tale of obsession and revenge. The story tells the adventures of Ishmael, a wandering sailor on a voyage led by Captain Ahab. It soon becomes evident that Captain cares only about one thing; Finding and killing Moby dick, The legendary white whale that took his leg and his previous ship.
Part adventure story, part quest for vengeance, part biological textbook and part whaling manual, Moby Dick was first published in The story follows Ishmael as he abandons his humdrum life on shore for an adventure on the waves. Finding the whaler Pequod at harbour in Nantucket, he signs up for a three year term without meeting the Captain of the ship, a mysterious figure called Ahab.