By (author) Herman Melville
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Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Book Description'Command the murderous chalices!...Drink ye harpooners! drink and swear, ye men that man the deathful whaleboat's bow - Death to Moby Dick!'. So Captain Ahab binds his crew to fulfil his obsession - the destruction of the great white whale. Under his lordly but maniacal command the Pequod's commercial mission is perverted to one of vengeance. To Ahab, the monster that destroyed his body is not a creature, but the symbol of 'some unknown but still reasoning thing'. Uncowed by natural disasters, ill omens, even death, Ahab urges his ship towards 'the undeliverable, nameless perils of the whale'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780671028350
(165mm x 102mm x 40mm)
Imprint: Pocket Books
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Herman Melville
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Author Biography - Herman Melville
Herman Melville was born in 1819 in New York City. After his father's death he left school for a series of clerical jobs before going to sea as a young man of nineteen. At twenty-one he shipped aboard the whaler "Acushnet" and began a series of adventures in the South Seas that would last for three years and form the basis for his first two novels, "Typee" and "Omoo." Although these two novels sold well and gained for Melville a measure of fame, nineteenth-century readers were puzzled by the experiments with form that he began with his third novel, "Mardi, " and continued brilliantly in his masterpiece, "Moby-Dick." During his later years spent working as a customs inspector on the New York docks, Melville published only poems, compiled in a collection entitled "Battle-Pieces, " and died in 1891 with "Billy Budd, Sailor, " now considered a classic, still unpublished.
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