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When the unabridged format is too long and the picture book format is too short, Illustrated Classics are just right.


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When the unabridged format is too long and the picture book format is too short, Illustrated Classics are just right.

30 review for Moby Dick (Troll Illustrated Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    Never made it to the end of the real book but wanted to see how it ended. Good job in summarizing the storyline, good graphics, just one mistake in one of the images. The blowhole is on top of the whale's head, not where a dorsal fin might be. Never made it to the end of the real book but wanted to see how it ended. Good job in summarizing the storyline, good graphics, just one mistake in one of the images. The blowhole is on top of the whale's head, not where a dorsal fin might be.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Manda

    Moby Dick belongs to the first rank of world literature. It is obvious that Melville read widely and deeply within the Western tradition, and brought it all together in his complex masterpiece. Within the framework of a simple tale of obsession, Melville offers commentary on the corpus of philosophy, history, theology, and literature that makes up our canon today. (I only wish I were able to identify all of the references.) All of these themes swirl around the central question of the novel: shou Moby Dick belongs to the first rank of world literature. It is obvious that Melville read widely and deeply within the Western tradition, and brought it all together in his complex masterpiece. Within the framework of a simple tale of obsession, Melville offers commentary on the corpus of philosophy, history, theology, and literature that makes up our canon today. (I only wish I were able to identify all of the references.) All of these themes swirl around the central question of the novel: should we affirm the world, with all of its evil, or should we defy it? Ahab, memorably, chooses defiance, and staking his all on that defiance, literally disappears, all flags flying, into the sea. The effect is just so memorable. Along the way we meet different approaches to the central question embodied in the crew of the Pequod and the various ships she encounters on her long journey. Melville offers no one answer, but rather a piercing observation of the various human reactions to the problem of evil. Nathanial Hawthorne said of Melville that his curse was that he could neither believe nor disbelieve in God. In Moby Dick, we are drawn into the fury of Melville's wrestling match with God, and whether we believe, or don't believe, surely we are enriched by Melville's passionate struggle. The strongest expression of the struggle is Ahab, the epic figure who believes, but refuses to submit to the gods or to the fates. Is he the hero of the piece or the villain? However you view him, you won't forget him. As memorable as some of the scenes in this novel are, it is a long novel, and there are many detours. For those who are well-versed in both literature and philosophy the long stretches of commentary on whales, and whaling, and whalers, and all of that are actually commentaries on the Western canon. Not a line is wasted. The infamous chapter on Cetology is about whales, yes; but it is even more a commentary on epistemology (and a hysterically funny one, at that). The book begins as a novel, and moves on to explore other forms of literature -- most notably dramatic tragedy and the epic. In doing so, Melville makes an overt bid to be counted as one of the great writers in the Western tradition; and I, for one, think he succeeds. The novel is a complex tapestry, in which all of the pieces, even the seemingly meaningless ones, come together into that central whirlpool that brings Moby Dick to a close. It is a work that can be read again, and again, and again.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matias

    This book leaves a clear message. Its one of the best books I ever read. Once you start it you cant let it go. It shows you what friendship means. It also, shows you to not mess with nature. I normally dont read this types of books, but this one is an exeption. I really liked this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ethan

    This book is a fabulous story about obsession, friendship, nature, and adventure. It gets old when Melville goes on and on about various nautical stuff, but it's still one of the best reads around. This book is a fabulous story about obsession, friendship, nature, and adventure. It gets old when Melville goes on and on about various nautical stuff, but it's still one of the best reads around.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ruben

    this book was really good, because it showed you how sailors hunted for whales skilfully

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I read this to Bobby when I was pregnant. Let's face it you can not read the traditional kid book all the times, you will lose your mind. A classic and an all around good read I read this to Bobby when I was pregnant. Let's face it you can not read the traditional kid book all the times, you will lose your mind. A classic and an all around good read

  7. 4 out of 5

    adam

    Had to read it; not that bad!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joycetho1

    I think that this was an amazing book. It was about a crew of sailors teaming up to kill a whale named Moby Dick. I would reccomend this fantastic book to everyone.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kai Gutzeit

  10. 4 out of 5

    Henry

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael McCarty

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mas5thgrade2014

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tomoko

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brendanfreak27

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary Klinger

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sherri

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tsdavis07

  18. 5 out of 5

    Khaled aboelzahb

  19. 5 out of 5

    Angela Pratt

  20. 4 out of 5

    SA Post

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amr Haggag

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tony

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ness

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Muftah

  27. 5 out of 5

    David Stanzler

  28. 4 out of 5

    Max Ogles

  29. 4 out of 5

    Clare

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anacreon

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