Herman Melville: Moby-Dick: Essays - Articles - Reviews

Herman Melville Moby Dick Essays Articles Reviews The huge range of critical and academic debate about this monster of a novel confirms Moby Dick s status as a vital and exhilarating exploration of the role of American ideology in defining modern con

  • Title: Herman Melville: Moby-Dick: Essays - Articles - Reviews
  • Author: Nick Selby
  • ISBN: 9780231115384
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The huge range of critical and academic debate about this monster of a novel confirms Moby Dick s status as a vital and exhilarating exploration of the role of American ideology in defining modern consciousness This Columbia Critical Guide starts with extracts from Melville s own letters and essays and from early reviews of Moby Dick that set the terms for later criThe huge range of critical and academic debate about this monster of a novel confirms Moby Dick s status as a vital and exhilarating exploration of the role of American ideology in defining modern consciousness This Columbia Critical Guide starts with extracts from Melville s own letters and essays and from early reviews of Moby Dick that set the terms for later critical evaluations Subsequent chapters deal with the Melville Revival of the 1920s and the novel s central place in the establishment, growth, and reassessment of American Studies in the 1940s and 1950s The final chapters examine postmodern New Americanist readings of the text, and how these provide new models for thinking about American culture.

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    1. Simply amazing. I was forced to read the book in a period of 3 days (the only way to read it and not get bored to death) and was enthralled. Melville's exposition of the plural objective and subjective existence of truth is spot on.

    2. I read Moby Dick twice- once in eithgh grade and once in 12th. The second time was for the reason that I struggled to understand all of the book the first time around. I had literally sat with a dictonary next to me to try to understand Melville's language. This book is by far one of the most difficult to read due to Melville veering off course as Ishmael tells how he'd write a book about whales in one of the neverending filler chapters. Mellville also unexpectedly switches from Ishmael talking [...]

    3. Moby-Dick of course is the tale of Ishmael the narrator, his voyage on the Nantucker whaler Pequod, and Captain Ahab's hunt for the great White Whale. Somehow I snuck through my literature classes in high school without reading this, and am just now catching up.The book highly stylized, and epic in scope, turning the whale hunt into a setpiece for ruminations on existence, fate, religion, and the nature of man. It presents short chapters that often digress and philosophize, or describe the hunt [...]

    4. One of the ultimate historical novels. A delicious, if long and sometimes laborious, read about whaling and whalers. A tale with psychological and supernatural overtones, Biblical references - but in the end, it is just a really good story. An old book so it doesn't read as easily or as rapidly in this era of many diversions as it would have read when it was written. If you are interested in how the whaling industry operated, the nuts and bolts right down to the chase, harpooning, getting the wh [...]

    5. I know this classic, but I could not finish this book. I do not have any idea why this would be a classic, but I found this book to jump all over the place and to be a manual on how to run a whaling ship. While I must admit it is fun to quote about the "the white whale", this book is only good for that and not much else. I am sure it is wrong to review a book that I did not finish, but I just wanted to warn you that if you are not big into whaling, this book will wear you down. Its mindlessly te [...]

    6. Moby Dick is one of those books that's always been on my "you should read this book, Colin" list. With my new ebook reader, I was given 100 free classic books so this is a great opportunity to clean up my list. I found some aspects dry - descriptions that go on forever. But, overall, the story of the captain searching the oceans of the world to seek revenge against the whale, is so compelling. The nature of his obsession makes me look at obsessions in my own life (too a much smaller extent than [...]

    7. Moby Dick is a tale of man's primal thirst for revenge. When Ishmael boards the whale ship Pequod he is unaware of Captain Ahab's macabre hunt for his nemesis.e white whale Moby Dick. This book does not make for an easy read but after a few chapters I found myself completely immerseed. The beauty of the language, metaphors and symbolism that Melville employs often made me feel like I was aboard the ship myself! His exploration of base human nature and depth of characters are realistic to the tim [...]

    8. Although I very much enjoy and admire Melville's writing style, I didn't not enjoy the book as a whole. Maybe I brought my preconceptions into it. I thought it was an adventure story. But except for a few chapters in the beginning and a few at the very end it isn't. It is Melville philosophizing at great, great, great, great length. If I was fascinated by whaling or ships and wanted to learn everything I could possibly learn about them, I might have enjoyed it more. But alas I do not. I just wan [...]

    9. I think it was a wonderful read. I enjoy reading correct depictions of how life was in the past. It is an axciting adventure story, a great history of whaling, and a very good character analysis of man and animal and their will to survive. Also there are the under-pinning of race equality in a time when slavery was still alive and well in the world.I like the way the story systematically progresses until we finally meet "Moby Dick" in thge last three chapters. Enjoy.

    10. I found this an interesting book. I really enjoyed the journey of Herman Melville through different places and with different people. His experiences are something very different to anything I have read before which made it a story that I wanted to keep reading to learn of a different time and place. I found the pace of the novel a little tedious to begin with, but with persistance, it became most enjoyable and intriguing to read.

    11. I am proud that I have finally finished this book. It is not an easy read. I took four months to plow through it a bit at a time. But Melville's prose is so beautiful it was a pleasure to read. The poetry and scenes he set are one of a kind.

    12. I've tried to read this three times while in high school and college. I could never finish it. Maybe I'll try it againybe. But, maybe not. It ranks right up there with "The Great Gatsby" --- classic books I love to hate.

    13. Work. But worth the read. What an opportunity to enter a totally different world both of culture and language, to benefit from this timeless and much quoted tale.

    14. I got lost. I'm not really reading it, just thinking about how maybe later I'll start reading it again. I really want to go to the annual reading of the novel that happens in New Bedford.

    15. Well, it's long. Pretty good, too, though. I love Queequeg!What I learned? Some people are obsessed with whales?

    16. Truthfully, I only made it halfway through. It's still sitting on my shelf dog-eared at the last page I read.

    17. Moby Dick gets a bad rap, but I consider it one of the best introspective books ever written--and that makes it one of the best period.

    18. this is a very good book it's not hard to get into becouse it grabs your interest right away. My favorite part is the sermon about jonah given in the whaler church it's awesome

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