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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; Reprint edition (5 May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853260088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853260087
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 375 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Responsive to the shaping forces of his age as only men of passionate imagination are, even Melville can hardly have been fully aware of how symbolical an American hero he had fashioned in Ahab. --F. O. Matthiessen

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This title includes an Introduction and Notes by David Herd, lecturer in English and American Literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury. "Moby-Dick" is the story of Captain Ahab's quest to avenge the whale that 'reaped' his leg. The quest is an obsession and the novel is a diabolical study of how a man becomes a fanatic. But it is also a hymn to democracy. Bent as the crew is on Ahab's appalling crusade, it is equally the image of a co-operative community at work: all hands dependent on all hands, each individual responsible for the security of each. Among the crew is Ishmael, the novel's narrator, ordinary sailor, and extraordinary reader. Digressive, allusive, vulgar, transcendent, the story Ishmael tells is above all an education: in the practice of whaling, in the art of writing.

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