A book about a whale

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a book about a whale

Moby-Dick, or, the Whale by Herman Melville

It is the horrible texture of a fabric that should be woven of ships cables and hawsers. A Polar wind blows through it, and birds of prey hover over it.

So Melville wrote of his masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imagination in literary history. In part, Moby-Dick is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopaedia of whaling lore and legend, the book can be seen as part of its authors lifelong meditation on America. Written with wonderfully redemptive humour, Moby-Dick is also a profound inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.

This edition of Moby-Dick, which reproduces the definitive text of the novel, includes invaluable explanatory notes, along with maps, illustrations, and a glossary of nautical terms.
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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is an novel by American writer Herman Melville. The book is sailor Ishmael's narrative of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of.
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The book is sailor Ishmael 's narrative of the obsessive quest of Ahab , captain of the whaling ship Pequod , for revenge on Moby Dick , the giant white sperm whale that on the ship's previous 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. Moby-Dick was published to mixed reviews, was a commercial failure, and was out of print at the time of the author's death in Its reputation as a " Great American Novel " was established only in the 20th century, after the centennial of its author's birth. William Faulkner confessed he wished he had written the book himself, [1] and D. Lawrence called it "one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world" and "the greatest book of the sea ever written". Melville began writing Moby-Dick in February , and would eventually take 18 months to write the book, a full year more than he had first anticipated.

From his childhood fascination with the gigantic Natural History Museum model of a blue whale to his adult encounters with the living animals in the Atlantic Ocean, the acclaimed writer Philip Hoare has been obsessed with whales. Journeying through human and natural history, The Whale is the result of his voyage of discovery into the heart of this obsession and the book t. Journeying through human and natural history, The Whale is the result of his voyage of discovery into the heart of this obsession and the book that inspired it: Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. Taking us deep into their domain, Hoare shows us these mysterious creatures as they have never been seen before. Following in Ishmael's footsteps, he explores the troubled history of man and whale; visits the historic whaling locales of New Bedford, Nantucket, and the Azores; and traces the whale's cultural history from Jonah to Free Willy. Winner of the prestigious BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, The Whale is an unforgettable and often moving attempt to explain why these strange and beautiful animals still exert such a powerful hold on our imagination. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Over time we may update, add or remove books to best suit our book collection. Whales, Dolphins And Porpoises is an introductory guide that offers enlightening information to 96 species of cetacea, some of which can be spotted on whaling watching tours and expeditions. The Cultural Lives Of Whales And Dolphins explores the social and cultural aspects of these marine mammals, and provides us with a glimpse into their lives as to how they survive and communicate with one another. Moby Dick is a classic tale of revenge of a whaler who lost his leg and ship in a previous fight with a sperm whale and now seeks retribution for the losses he has suffered. In The Heart Of The Sea is a NYT Best Seller detailing the story of twenty crew members who are faced with surviving a sinking ship in the middle of the ocean as the deal with angry weather, hunger and disease. The Soul Of An Octopus is an Amazon best seller that focuses on the intelligent and often mysterious lives of octopus to discover what makes them such charming, elusive and alien oceanic creatures.

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I have been fascinated by whales since I was a boy and saw a performing orca at Windsor Safari Park. But it was only when I saw my first whales in the wild, off Provincetown, Cape Cod, that fascination turned to obsession. So here's a top 10 of whaling books, as might be chosen by a modern Ishmael. Buy Leviathan, or The Whale at the Guardian bookshop. First published in London in in order to register its copyright in America , Melville's book mystified his British editor, who simply cut out parts he found immoral or blasphemous.

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