Moby dick white whale
Moby-Dick , written in , recounts the adventures of the narrator Ishmael as he sails on the whaling ship, Pequod, under the command of the monomaniacal Captain Ahab. Melville dedicated the book to fellow Dark Romantic , Nathaniel Hawthorne : "In token of my admiration for his genius, this book is inscribed to Nathaniel Hawthorne. We also offer a short story version of the chapter, The Chase for your convenience. Ishmael believes he has signed onto a routine commission aboard a normal whaling vessel, but he soon learns that Captain Ahab is not guiding the Pequod in the simple pursuit of commerce but is seeking one specific whale, Moby-Dick, a great white whale infamous for his giant size and his ability to destroy the whalers that seek him. Captain Ahab's wooden leg is the result of his first encounter with the whale, when he lost both leg and ship. After the ship sails it becomes clear that Captain Ahab is bent on revenge and he intends to get Moby-Dick.
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Moby Dick - or the White Whale
The book is the sailor Ishmael 's narrative of the obsessive quest of Ahab , captain of the whaling ship Pequod , for revenge on Moby Dick , the giant white sperm whale that on the ship's previous voyage bit off Ahab's leg at the knee. A contribution to the literature of the American Renaissance , Moby-Dick was published to mixed reviews, was a commercial failure, and was out of print at the time of the author's death in Its reputation as a " Great American Novel " was established only in the 20th century, after the centennial of its author's birth. William Faulkner said he wished he had written the book himself,  and D. Lawrence called it "one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world" and "the greatest book of the sea ever written".
Last week, a friend sent along a message about November 14, noting that this day marked the publication of Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. That would have been back in , making the book years old. My most popular blog post, so far, has been about the first Fourth of July in Montrose, Pennsylvania , the small town where I have lived for over fifteen years.