An Apple Books Classic edition.
Herman Melville’s classic begins with one of the most famous opening lines in world literature: “Call me Ishmael.” Moby Dick was a commercial failure when it was first published in 1851, but during the 20th century, the book’s reputation grew and grew.
The novel features a memorable cast of characters, in particular the ivory-legged Captain Ahab, who lost a limb to the gargantuan white whale named Moby Dick. Now, Ahab’s sole obsession is hunting down the sea creature to exact his revenge. Heedless of warnings, Ahab risks ship and crew in his maniacal pursuit, bearing out Melville’s observation that ”there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men.”
Melville is so verbose that it seems to me he was paid by word. Not that great of a book.25
The reading is hard at times due to the differences in how we talk nowadays. It has some slow chapters when explaining the whales, how the ship works, and some characters. The best part is picturing what the main characters look like and what they are doing. So glad I took the time to read this classic book.45
It’s really good and takes me more than an half an hour to read, opposed to the 80 page long children’s version55
Very boring and long for the book to be so boring.15
Beautiful story about a man who hates a whale55
The book incapacitates you in its deep knowledge about whale fishery and slowly drives you towards the narrative. The alone boy with a cannibal......the crazy captain Ahab fuming with revenge....the shipmates. A must read book for people who love the seas.55
Read it a few times.55
Melvilles prose is so beautiful, it counters the ugly behavior of humans perfectly55