Moby Dick EPUB
With an Introduction and Notes by David Herd, Lecturer in English and American Literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury and co-editor of 'Poetry Review'.
Moby Dick is the story of Captain Ahabâ€™s quest to avenge the whale that â€˜reapedâ€™ his leg. The quest is an obsession and the novel is a diabolical study of how a man becomes a fanatic.
But it is also a hymn to democracy. Bent as the crew is on Ahabâ€™s appalling crusade, it is equally the image of a co-operative community at work: all hands dependent on all hands, each individual responsible for the security of each.
Among the crew is Ishmael, the novelâ€™s narrator, ordinary sailor, and extraordinary reader. Digressive, allusive, vulgar, transcendent, the story Ishmael tells is above all an education:
in the practice of whaling, in the art of writing. Expanding to equal his â€˜mighty themeâ€™ â€“ not only the whale but all things sublime â€“ Melville breathes in the worldâ€™s great literature. Moby Dick is the greatest novel ever written by an American.
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