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Herman Melville's Moby-Dick: A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

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No book is more central to the study of nineteenth-century American literature than Herman Melville's Moby-Dick; or The Whale. First published it 1851, it still speaks powerfully to readers today. Combining reprinted documents with clear introductions for student readers, this volume examines the contexts of and critical responses to Melville's work. It draws together:
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 18th 2003 by Routledge
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Anna Savage
Aug 20, 2008 Anna Savage rated it liked it
Melville really had me until he started trashing Linnaeus for being one of those naive academic types who clearly has no true understanding of nature, because of course anyone who truly knows the sea understands that whales are fish and not mammals. Maybe I could forgive the mistaken perspective, but not the fifty pages of unfounded whale classification that follows.
On the flip side, I really loved the line "Hell is a thought first borne on an undigested apple dumpling," and pretty much everyth
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Mbreaden
Jan 30, 2009 Mbreaden rated it liked it
A recommendation of Craig Enberg, I think...

Opened it and read the first page, came across the line about November gloom and the need to travel and seemed appropriate to my current state of mind. His writing style seems pretty engaging, slightly ecstatic, but I don't mind. I'm worried about the dull-drums of the novel, though; lengthy descriptions of whaling, sailing, and whatnot. Not sure whether that stuff will hold my attention, but maybe I'll surprise myself, or Melville will surprise me.

I h
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Frederik
Aug 08, 2008 Frederik rated it liked it
Some great literary moments here and there, but then it is disturbed by some very boring descriptions of whalehunting techniques... slighty dissappointed, I must say. But at the end you finally get some of the action that you have waited so long for. A tough book to read, but worthwhile if you are into complicated literary analysis - I wasn`t! ...more
Belinda
Aug 15, 2010 Belinda rated it liked it
I can't believe anyone ever argued the whale was the protagonist. He didn't show up until the very end of the book!
Pat
Oct 27, 2008 Pat rated it did not like it
How could I retain interest in a book that spends 3 pages describing the whales' sense of smell.
Jackie
May 26, 2008 Jackie rated it it was amazing
if you ever wanted to learn about whaling
Darian
Sep 11, 2008 Darian rated it did not like it
When reading the full version I got the destinct impression that Melville must have been a writer paid by the word. This is espeacially true when you get to the chapter on Cetology...eerrggg...
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