Why Read Moby-dick?

Why Read Moby-dick?

eBook - 2011
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A "brilliant and provocative" (The New Yorker) celebration of Melville's masterpiece—from the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Valiant AmbitionOne of the greatest American novels finds its perfect contemporary champion in Why Read Moby-Dick?, Nathaniel Philbrick's enlightening and entertaining tour through Melville's classic. As he did in his National Book Award–winning bestseller In the Heart of the Sea, Philbrick brings a sailor's eye and an adventurer's passion to unfolding the story behind an epic American journey. He skillfully navigates Melville's world and illuminates the book's humor and unforgettable characters—finding the thread that binds Ishmael and Ahab to our own time and, indeed, to all times. An ideal match between author and subject, Why Read Moby-Dick? will start conversations, inspire arguments, and make a powerful case that this classic tale waits to be discovered anew."Gracefully written [with an] infectious enthusiasm..."—New York Times Book Review
Publisher: 2011
ISBN: 9781101545218
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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8honcho8
Jun 15, 2017

Make no mistake, this book is a masterpiece written about a masterpiece. His insights make reading Moby Dick deeper and even more pleasurable.

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andiandi
Jul 30, 2012

Read this on the side to reading Moby Dick and I am glad I did. No earth shaking revelations but and nice discussion of the things I enjoyed, myself. Worth the bother to read it.

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johnnybookreader
Jul 21, 2012

Ranges from quaint to pedantic to obnoxiously superior. As if one needs the nudge from this New England nabob to read THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL ( sorry, Mr. Roth, it wasn't your's). The final insult is that either the author, his agent or the publisher feel justified in charging $25.00 for the privilege of reading Philbrick's keen insights, besides which the book should have been titled "Why Not Read Moby Dick?" Take the money you would have paid for this and spend half on a copy of MOBY-DICK and half on lunch.

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iteradose
Feb 25, 2012

Philbrick's book is a very short, easy read aimed at encouraging more people to the enjoy long, slow, laborious reading required to tackle Moby Dick. "Why Read Moby Dick" highlights the major themes of the novel, the language, poetry, and clarity of Melville's writing, and the historical context of the novel. I am not sure that Philbrick will accomplish what he sets out to do - get more people to ready Melville's classic but hefty tome. I am certain, however, that anyone who takes the time to read Moby Dick will certainly agree with Philbrick that the novel is well worth the effort.

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EricaReynolds
Nov 04, 2011

I am fascinated to know what others think of Philbrick's new release. It's such a tiny nibble of a book. But I assume that's part of the plan. If you haven't read Moby-Dick it's (probably in part) because the books is long and heavy and requires a substantial commitment of thought and time, so maybe this is meant as an amuse-bouche to the greater meal it's encouraging you to enjoy?

If you haven't read Moby-Dick and you read Philbrick's new book, please share your thoughts. If you haven't read Philbrick's book, do pick it up. You'll finish it in about an hour (even if you have a preschooler in your house). I greatly enjoyed it, and really wanted more, but maybe that's just the point.

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