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Description - Why Read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick

A "brilliant and provocative" (The New Yorker) celebration of Melville's masterpiece-from the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea, Valiant Ambition, and In the Hurricane's Eye

One 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

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780143123972
ISBN-10: 0143123971
Format: Paperback / softback
(178mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: The Penguin Press
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publish Date: 24-Sep-2013
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the National Book Award; Mayflower, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Bunker Hill, winner of the New England Book Award; Sea of Glory; The Last Stand; Why Read Moby Dick?; and Away Off Shore. He lives in Nantucket. His new book Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution, will be published in May 2016.

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