A book about a whale
Moby-Dick, or, the Whale by Herman MelvilleIt is the horrible texture of a fabric that should be woven of ships cables and hawsers. A Polar wind blows through it, and birds of prey hover over it.
So Melville wrote of his masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imagination in literary history. In part, Moby-Dick is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopaedia of whaling lore and legend, the book can be seen as part of its authors lifelong meditation on America. Written with wonderfully redemptive humour, Moby-Dick is also a profound inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.
This edition of Moby-Dick, which reproduces the definitive text of the novel, includes invaluable explanatory notes, along with maps, illustrations, and a glossary of nautical terms.
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Philip Hoare's top 10 whale tales
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From his childhood fascination with the gigantic Natural History Museum model of a blue whale to his adult encounters with the living animals in the Atlantic Ocean, the acclaimed writer Philip Hoare has been obsessed with whales.
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Over time we may update, add or remove books to best suit our book collection. Whales, Dolphins And Porpoises is an introductory guide that offers enlightening information to 96 species of cetacea, some of which can be spotted on whaling watching tours and expeditions.
I have been fascinated by whales since I was a boy and saw a performing orca at Windsor Safari Park. But it was only when I saw my first whales in the wild, off Provincetown, Cape Cod, that fascination turned to obsession. So here's a top 10 of whaling books, as might be chosen by a modern Ishmael. Buy Leviathan, or The Whale at the Guardian bookshop. First published in London in in order to register its copyright in America , Melville's book mystified his British editor, who simply cut out parts he found immoral or blasphemous. Melville's madly digressive book - chapters of everything you ever wanted to know about whales, and a lot you probably didn't - never sold out its first edition. In Melville's metaphysical prose, the hunted whale becomes a numinous, immortal animal, an overarching symbol for his time, and our own.
The book is 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 , the work's genre classifications range from late Romantic to early Symbolist. 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 confessed he wished he had written the book himself,  and D.
M y copy of Moby-Dick is a treasured possession. It's not because of the special font, but rather the woodcuts spread through the text that, as I read, feel like postcards sent back from Ishmael as he goes about his agonising odyssey. So Leviathan has a head start with me, what with its photographs, woodcuts and drawings illustrating Philip Hoare's meditative journey in search of the great beasts of our oceans, a copy of Herman Melville's novel in his pocket. Coming face to face with a whale off Massachusetts, Hoare's initial reaction was to cry: "Fuck! It's a strange, mournful journey, conducted by this man who feared the whales. Indeed, Hoare's initial reaction on seeing a whale from a boat doesn't shift much when, later in the book, he dives in to swim with a sperm whale and ends up peeing himself.