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Moby-Dick: Walker Illustrated Classics [Paperback]

Herman Melville , Patrick Benson
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6 July 2009 Walker Illustrated Classics
Haunted by prophesies of his own death, Captain Ahab hunts the vast waters of the Pacific in search of the great white whale that has become his obsession. This towering novel has been sympathetically edited to a tenth of its original length, focusing on the exciting chase at the core of the book as all but one of the Pequod's loyal crew are sacrificed to Ahab's great obsession. A true classic of American literature is brought to life in this lavish illustrated edition.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (6 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406317446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406317442
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Herman Melville was 31 years old when he started writing The Whale in New York during February 1850. He left the sea in 1844 to become a writer and had drawn on his experience as a seaman in many of his successful works. By 1851 the only part of his years at sea which he had not drawn on for fictional purposes was his experience on a whaling ship Acushnet in 1841-2. It is almost as if he had intuited that this area of his life would yield the richest returns only when his imagination was ready to appropriate all its possibilities and explore them to their further riches. The most important event during the seventeen months in which Melville was writing his novel was his meeting with Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850. This meeting had a profound effect on Melville. Moby Dick is dedicated to Hawthorne. Melville died, in obscurity, in 1891.

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Walker Ilustrated Classics is a new series which brings together some of the best-loved stories ever told, illustrated by some of today's finest artists. These exquisitely designed books, with their magnificent words and glorious pictures, are a pleasure to read – and re-read. The classics have never looked so good!

About the Author

Herman Melville was an American novelist, essayist, and poet, best known for his masterpiece Moby- Dick. Jan Needle is a writer of children's books, plays, criticism, cartoons, TV programmes and a wide range of fiction for adults. He divides his time between Oldham and Manchester.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good abridged version, with great pictures 1 May 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Another review says that none of the words are Melville's. This is incorrect. The majority of the words are Melville's. There are also short sections written by the abridger to explain what is happening when sections of the original are left out, or to give some background information. These added sections are easy to identify as different since they are in a different font. Clearly, since the original is a very long book, this abridged version cuts long sections. It would be possible of course to disagree about which sections should or shouldn't be cut, but in my opinion the choices here are good. I read this book to my 10-year-old son, and we both enjoyed it. Some of the language was a challenge for a 10 year old, but the chase of the Whale pulls the story along.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I collect adaptations of Moby Dick 5 Feb 2013
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I collect adaptations of Moby Dick to help me think about the process of adaptation. This book is more substantial than most, with more than a hundred pages. Lots of text, none of it Melville's. So, if you like that sort of thing, there you go.
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