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Why Read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick
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Oct 24, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: kindle
Recommended to Larry by: NY Times Book Review
Recommended for: Everyone
Read from November 25 to 28, 2011 , read count: 1

Nathanial Philbrick writes about the sea. In In the Heart of the Sea he wrote about the tragedy of the whale ship Essex, which was sunk by an angry sperm whale. Only 5 of its crew survived the aftermath, and resorted to eating their comrades to do so. If this sounds familiar, Herman Melville knew about the Essex tragedy, met the captain of the Essex, and incorporated parts of the story into Moby-Dick. Philbrick has crafted a highly readable, short analysis of Moby-Dick, what makes it great, what it means, what parts of US culture around 1850 it represents, and how to read it. This work is a masterpiece in itself, and will provide fodder for American Lit majors for decades to come. He answers the perennial question, "What does the White Whale symbolize?" in language that is completely understandable. Read Why Read Moby-Dick? to find out for yourself.

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