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Moby Dick de Herman Melville

Moby Dick (original: 1851; edição: 2020)

de Herman Melville (Autor)

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A young seaman joins the crew of the whaling ship Pequod, led by the fanatical Captain Ahab in pursuit of the white whale Moby Dick.
Título:Moby Dick
Autores:Herman Melville (Autor)
Informação:Ramesh Publishing House (2020), 512 pages
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Moby Dick de Herman Melville (1851)

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    jseger9000: In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex tells the true story that inspired Melville to write Moby Dick.
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    Two Years Before the Mast de Richard Henry Jr. Dana (knownever)
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    The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade de Herman Melville (GaryPatella)
    GaryPatella: Compared to Moby Dick, The Confidence Man is a much lighter read. But after ploughing through Moby Dick, this may be a welcome change. It is not as profound, but you also don't have to struggle through any of it. This is worth reading.
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    Ahab's Wife de Sena Jeter Naslund (ecleirs24, AriadneAranea)
    ecleirs24: Cause this novel is based upon a passage from Mobi Dick......
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    alaskayo: Melville's heir struggles to close his relationship to his preceding literary genius. Click the link above, read what you can, and get yourself hooked on one of the most critically-adored yet criminally-underread novels written in a century defined by self-analysis and experimentation.… (mais)
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    caflores: Para amantes del lenguaje náutico y de las descripciones detalladas.
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    Longshanks: An imaginative, affectionate pastiche of the novel's themes, imagery, and characters.
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    WilfGehlen: Camus was greatly influenced by Melville and in The Myth of Sisyphus mentions Moby-Dick as a truly absurd work. Reading Moby-Dick with Camus' absurd in mind gives a deeper, and very different insight than provided by the usual emphasis on Ahab's quest for revenge.… (mais)
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I'm always up to read an old classic and this was no exception. A fascinating look at the whaling way of life, and neat factoids on unique whales throughout history - both those rumored and those proven factual.

It's been quite a few years since I read this book (writing this now in 2021) and even today the images of our narrator, Ishmael, looking for lodging in early America sticks with me - the damp and the cold and the meager provisions. Plus, I love a tale told by a narrator - one where he/she speaks directly to you - the reader, the audience. Such warmth in telling, and fond memories conjured up of childhood... when you would sit down to listen to a story being told, a book being read. The quintessential fireside chat.

Also of interest is that Ishmael makes a study of whales, and we the readers learn quite a bit of fascinating tidbits along the way. There is one amusing section, even, about what should be considered a whale versus a fish.

Fun fact: The powerhouse coffee giant Starbuck's actually took their name from one of the characters in Moby Dick, the chief-mate on the ship Pequod, namely Starbuck.

Highly recommended to lovers of classic literature, narrator-driven fiction, or simple lovers of the sea and the history of humans upon it. ( )
  Desiree_Reads | Aug 31, 2021 |
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  Daniel464 | Aug 22, 2021 |
This was my second attempt to read what many consider to be "The Great American Novel", and I am happy to report that I have succeeded, at least if success can be defined as getting through the entire book. On my first attempt several years ago I managed to get about ten percent of the way in before I abandoned it and moved on to another tome.

There are books that you can't put down, or don't want to come to an end, that command your attention once you get into it from start to finish. Moby Dick was not one of them. I proceeded at a glacial pace averaging about ten pages a day over the course of seven weeks. I would yield to any distraction that arose to put the book down and read almost none of it at night for fear of dozing off too early and having to plow through the same chapters again.

That said, I was aware all the time that I was in the presence of greatness and not just on account of its reputation. In order to come close to realizing in full the greatness of the novel it would take me at least another two readings, but this is not a voyage for which I am likely to sign up.

There were several factors that made this book such a chore for me. First of all is the difficulty I had with the nautical terminology and language which is alien to my experience. (I know port vs. starboard and bow vs. stern and that's about it as far as ships are concerned.) Even more obscure are the technical details specific to whale ships and whaling in general. Finally there was the collection of chapters interspersed throughout the novel that comprise effectively an encyclopedia of whales.

For those readers who are conversant or comfortable with ships, whales and whaling there are detailed descriptions of all of the operations associated with the whaling enterprise and its subject matter. These comprise at least half of the text. For those readers are are conversant or comfortable with Biblical allusions, predominantly from the Old Testament and mythology, primarily Greek, there are fertile grounds for you to fish in. If none of the above is your dish, you are likely to struggle.

Given the size of Moby Dick (the novel not the White Whale) it takes a great commitment to research all the Biblical and mythological references. In as much as this was not part of an undergraduate or graduate syllabus I declined for the most part to make the required effort. Obviously, Ishmael was the bastard son of Abraham via his bond servant Hagar. Ahab, who I did look up, was one of the kings of Israel (not including the kingdom of Judea) who took up worship of the pagan god Baal at the urging of his wife. I was inspired by the title of Chapter 95, The Cassock. to look up the references in the first Book of Kings to Queen Maachah in Judea who was deposed for idol worship by her son King Asa. Read the chapter, then look up the reference, if you enjoy a bit of blasphemy on the side.

Among the curious features of the novel, the principal character, Ahab, does not make an appearance until Chapter 28 and not until Chapter 36, about thirty percent of the way through the book, that he makes his great speech informing the crew of the true objective of the voyage and like Henry V rousing them to embrace their task and their fate. The Pequod does not an encounter a whale of any kind until midway through the story and the White Whale himself, does not show up until the final three chapters (out of 135).

There is no gainsaying that Moby Dick has its moments that are reminiscent of Shakespeare and Milton both in eloquence and its universal themes. A full appreciation demands the dedication, effort and skill of an Ahab. I fear that my encounter with the White Whale is inspired more by the sprit of first mate Starbuck whose pursuit is moderate in spirit and unwilling to make an already extremely hazardous voyage into a suicide mission.

Unlike poor Starbuck, I finished off the great fish. But he did achieve a taste of immortality in the form of a nation wide chain of overpriced coffee shops. ( )
  citizencane | Aug 10, 2021 |
There's a brilliant short story buried in this treatise on whaling in the late 18th and early 19th century. Somewhere within the painstakingly detailed descriptions of the equipment used, the meaning of the seats in the boats, the knots, the spears, and the "facts" about whales lies a magnificent tale of revenge and obsession seasoned with with still-relevant social commentary.

I wish Alan Moore would do a graphic novel of this. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Aug 9, 2021 |
  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
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I’ll try a pagan friend, thought I, since Christian kindness has proved but hollow courtesy.
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