Moby Dick

Moby DickWidely Considered One Of The Great American Novels, Herman Melville S Masterpiece Went Largely Unread During His Lifetime And Was Out Of Print At The Time Of His Death In 1891 Called The Greatest Book About The Sea Ever Written By D.H Lawrence, Moby Dick Features Detailed Descriptions Of Whale Hunting And Whale Oil Extraction As Well As Beautiful, Incisive Writing On Race, Class, Religion, Art, And Society The Story, Loosely Based On A Real Whaling Shipwreck, Features The Unforgettable, Vengeful Captain Ahab, Who Obsessively Hunts A Great White Whale Who Bit His Leg Off Below The Knee. LISA Dad, you can t take revenge on an animal That s the whole point of Moby Dick.HOMER Oh Lisa, the point of Moby Dick is be yourself The Simpsons, Season 15, Episode 5, The Fat and the Furriest There, there Stop your crying You didn t like Herman Melville s Moby Dick You didn t even finish it I m here to tell you, that s okay You re still a good person You will still be invited to Thanksgiving dinner You won t be arrested, incarcerated, or exiled You will not be shunned except by English majors they will shun you Your family and friends will still love you or at least stand you Your dog will still be loyal your cat, though, will remain indifferent Moby Dick can be a humbling experience Even if you get through it, you may be desperately asking yourself things like why didn t I like this or am I totally missing something or how long have I been sleeping See, Moby Dick is the most famous novel in American history It might be the great American novel But in many ways, it s like 3 D movies or Mount Rush it s tough to figure out why it s such a big deal I suppose any discussion about Moby Dick must start with thematic considerations It is, after all, classic literature, and must be experienced on multiple levels, if at all So, what s the point of Moby Dick Is it about obsession The things that drive each of us in our ambitions, whether they be wealth, hate, prejudice or love Is it
Where the White Whale, yo Ah, my first DBR And possibly my last, as this could be a complete shit show Approaching a review of Moby Dick in a state of sobriety just wasn t cutting it, though So let s raise our glasses to Option B, yeah I fucking love this book It took me eight hundred years to read it, but it was so, so worth it Melville s writing is impeccable The parallels he draws, even when he s seemingly pulling them out of his ass, which I swear to God he s doing, because who can find this many parallels to draw when talking about a whale, are just perfect He can compare any and every aspect of the whale did you know this whole book is about a whale to the human condition And he does so in a way that is humorous and poetic It is pretty remarkable, I tell you.So here s the thing I had zero interest in whales before starting this book But holy hell if I haven t been googling the crap out of them lately I mean, it s the mark of a superior writer isn t it to command one s attention not just to hold it but
I re read Moby Dick following my research trips to the whaling museums of New Bedford and Nantucket whaling museums The particular edition I read from University of California Press is HIGHLY recommended as the typeface is extremely agreeable to the eyes and the illustrations are subtle and instructive without ever interfering or drawing attention away from the story Perhaps that s where the latent interest grew deep in my soul as regards the whaling museums and since life offered me recently the opportunity to see and enjoy both, I grabbed at the chance and am so glad to have done so This reading of Melville is so much interesting having now a lot background on the various factors social, economic, and physical that informed the writing and structure of the story.Many modern readers have been turned off of the unabridged Moby Dick due to the many chapters of background information that Ishmael feels compelled to pass us about whales and whaling I can understand that some folks want to get on with the s
So, Herman Melville s Moby Dick is supposed by many to be the greatest Engligh language novel ever written, especially among those written in the Romantic tradition Meh.It s not that I don t get that there s a TON of complexity, subtlety, and depth to this book about a mad captain s quest for revenge against a great white whale And on the surface it s even a pretty darn good adventure story And, honestly, Melville s prose is flowing, elegant, and as beautiful as any writing can possibly be It s magnificent, actually.It s just that any enjoyment or satisfaction I got out of the book was overshadowed by the tedious, largely pointless stretches of encylopedic descriptions about the whaling industry Melville strikes me as one of those people who would corner you at a party and talk incessantly about whaling, whaling ships, whales, whale diet, whale etymology, whale zoology, whale blubber, whale delacies, whale migration, whale oil, whale biology, whale ecology, whale meat, whale skinning, and every other possible topic about whales so that you d finally have to pretend to have to go to the bathroom just to get away from the crazy old man Only he d FOLLOW YOU INTO THE BATHROOM and keep talking to you about whales while peering over the side of the stall and trying to make eye contact with you the whole time.Look, it s not that I don t get it Or at least some of it I get, for exampl
i tried.Both ends of the line are exposed the lower end terminating in an eye splice or loop coming up from the bottom against the side of the tub, and hanging over its edge completely disengaged from everything This arrangement of the lower end is necessary on two accounts First In order to facilitate the fastening to it of an additional line from a neighboring boat, in case the stricken whale should sound so deep as to threaten to carry off the entire line originally attached to the harpoon In these instances, the whale of course is shifted like a mug of ale, as it were, from the one boat to the other though the first boat always hovers at hand to assist its consort Second This arrangement is indispensible for common safety s sake for were the lower end of the line in any way attached to the boat, and were the whale then to run the line out to the end almost in a single, smoking minute as he sometimes does, he would not stop there, for the doomed boat would infallibly be dragged down after him into the profundity of the sea and in that case no town crier would ever find her
I hate this book so much It is impossible to ignore the literary merit of this work though it is, after all, a piece of innovative literature Melville broke narrative expectations when he shed the narrator Ishmael and burst through with his infinite knowledge of all things whale It was most creative, but then he pounded the reader with his knowledge of the whaling industry that could, quite literally, fill several textbooks This made the book so incredibly dull I m not being na ve towards this book s place in the literary cannon, but I am sharing my agony for a book that bored me half to death with its singularity of purpose and expression it s obsession with whales I m just sick of themI understand that this is the main motif of the book Ahab becomes fuelled with his need to slay the leviathan, but it wasn t Ahab who droned on for three hundred pages about the properties of whales Despite the allegorical interpretation between the relationship, and the comparisons between man and fish, the book is unnecessarily packed out There are passages and passages that add nothing to the meaning or merit of the work Melville explains every aspect of the whaling industry in dry, monotone, manner There are entire chapters devoted to describing different whale types, and even one even discussing the superiority of the sperm whale s head Can you catch the expression of the Sp
There once was a grouchy alpha whale named Moby Dick who rather than being agreeably shorn of his blubber and having lumpy sperm scooped out of his cranium like cottage cheese chose life Unlike so many shiftless, layabout sea mammals of his generation, Moby Dick did not go gentle into that good night This whale, in short, was not a back of the bus rider He assailed a shallow, consumerist society, which objectified him only as lamp oil or corset ribbing, with the persuasive argument of his thrashing tail, gaping maw, and herculean bulk In his seminal in ways than one animal rights saga, Herman Melville conjures an aquatic, rascally Norma Rae out of an elephantine albino whale Reasonably enough, Moby Dick hereafter M.D., despite possible confusions with the profession is irritable when people are chasing him, stabbing him with harpoons, and trying to kill him Thus, in an act which would be protected by law as self defense in most enlightened nations, M.D bites off part of the leg of one of his many hunters, the humorless Captain Ahab Gall alert Gall alert Ahab has the nerve to hold a fucking grudge against the whale for this entirely ethical dismemberment He also holds a grudge for some incidental damage incurred to Lil Ahab as a very weak corollary of his lost limb, bu
. Y si Ahab abandona de s bito la b squeda Es probable que la pierna inexistente le duela para toda la vida Moby Dick fue, es y ser mi libro preferido de toda la vida Esta es en realidad la tercera vez que lo leo dado que la magia que se desprende de sus p ginas me hechiza sin soltarme M s all de que en la cima de mis escritores preferidos se yergue solitariamente y sin competencia mi admirad simo Franz Kafka y que le sigue muy de cerca Fi dor Dostoievski, quien me ense o muchas maneras de ver la inmensidad de la vida, es Herman Melville tambi n uno de mis autores predilectos y siempre recurro a sus libros para leerlos constantemente Es mi manera de sostener mis horizontes literarios en un est ndar alto.Este gran autor fue parte fundamental del incipiente despegue literario de los Estados Unidos a principios del siglo XIX junto con Nathaniel Hawthorne o Edgar Allan Poe, por nombrar algunos, y aunque ya ten a varios libros publicados en su haber como Taip , Om , Mardi o Redburn , todos ellos muestra fiel de su pasado como tripulante de barcos balleneros en lo
I was that precocious brat who first read the whale esque sized Moby Dick at the age of nine Why I had my reasons, and they were twofold 1 I was in the middle of my I love Jacques Cousteau phase, and this book had a picture of a whale on the cover 2 It was on the bookshelf juuuuust above my reach, and so obviously it was good because it was clearly meant to be not for little kids , and that made my little but bloated ego very happy So, in retrospect, were War and Peace and Le P re Goriot and The Great Gatsby In retrospect, there may have been an underlying pattern behind my childhood reading choices From what I remember, I read this book as a sort of encyclopedia, a bunch of short articles about whaling and whale taxonomy and many ways to skin a whale and occasional interruptions from little bits of what as I now see it was the plot It was confusing and yet informative like life itself is to nine year olds.What do I think about it now, having aged a couple of decades Well, now I bow my head to the brilliance of it, the unexpectedly beautiful language, the captivating and apt metaphors, the strangely progressive for its time views, the occasional wistfulness interr