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4.0 out of 5 stars A great story but extremely long - winded at times., 18 Dec. 1998
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This review is from: Moby Dick (Bantam Classic) (Mass Market Paperback)
What can be said about a novel considered by many to be one of the crowning pieces of American Literature ever written. Well for starters, the book is quite a task to read, but a task that should be completed by anyone who is interested in fine writing. Or even perhaps the human pysche. But of course the book is not without flaws. The main flaw being that of length. I found it extremely irritating at times the number of pages Melville would prattle on about the type of rope used by the whalers or the hardness of the steel used as the spikes for the harpoons. Another criticism I have to make is that collectivly the tale of the search for White Whale only constitutes about half of the novel. The other half taken up by seemingly trivial information on the tools of the Pequod. But if these aspects can be overlooked or perhaps even skipped, as alot of the chapters don't add to the story at all, then the final result is an extremely well written novel about the insane quest of Ahab for the White Whale in which he "came to identify with him, not only all his bodily woes, but all his intellectual and spiritual exasperations."
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