Moby Dick

byHerman MelvilleRead byFrank Muller

April 15, 2015|
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
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Featured title in the 2018 PBS Great American Reads

Its famous opening line, “Call me Ishmael,” dramatic in its stark simplicity, begins an epic that is widely regarded as the greatest novel ever written by an American. Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

When Melville’s father died in 1832, the young man’s financial security went too. For a while he turned to school-mastering and clerking, but failed to make a sustainable income. In 1840 he signed up on the whaler, Acushnet, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. He was just 21. A whaler’s life turned out to be both arduous and dangerous, and in 1842, Melville deserted ship. Out of this experience and a wealth of printed sources, Melville crafted his masterpiece.

Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891) was born into a seemingly secure, prosperous world, a descendant of prominent Dutch and English families long established in New York State. That security vanished when first, the family business failed, and then, two years later, in young Melville's thirteenth year, his father died...
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Title:Moby Dick
Format:Audio Book (CD)
Product dimensions:6.75 X 5.25 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:6.75 X 5.25 X 0.68 in
Published:April 15, 2015
Publisher:Brilliance Audio
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781501260209

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