5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I am glad I read Moby Dick, but it isn't what I expected.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Moby Dick (Bantam Classic) (Mass Market Paperback)
To ask someone who has never read Moby Dick what they think it is about, they would probably tell you what I used to think, "It is about a white whale.". Surprisingly, very few of the numerous chaptors were devoted to that particular leviathon. Instead, Moby Dick himself is the climax of a book that puts you on the ocean in the mid-19th century with a rather interesting crew and captain. You do not only read about a singular chase of a brutal (not all white) beast, you learn what whales are made of (at least what they knew back then), how the crew was hired and paid, the complete workings of the ship from the owners down to the carpenter, and how dangerous a vocation this really was. Symbolism abounds, and quite honestly I ignored most of it and chose instead to just enjoy the scenery. Take what you will, but Moby Dick is well worth it.