7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The great American novel,
This review is from: Moby Dick (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
I had to give Moby Dick five stars because it is (although profoundly flawed) an epic. Whaling lore aside the writing is dramatic, powerful and moving. Melville has a way with words and this book is a must read for those into great literature.
Having said that, if you just want a good story watch the film or read something more lightweight. The pages of philosophy and whaling lore do not make easy reading and this book is more an essay in philosophy than a story. So, to sum up, excellent but don't read it unless you have a lot of energy or really like whales.