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Why Read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick
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Mar 24, 2012

really liked it
Recommended to Peter by: Judith
Read from March 16 to 19, 2012 — I own a copy , read count: 1

This is a wonderful little book -- easy to read, short (129 pages), and a fascinating way back into Moby-Dick if you haven't read it since high school or college. Each chapter is 3-4 pages long and takes one subject or topic from the book, relates it to the world Melville lived in, and talks about how and why he wrote it as he did. Philbrick also gives some personal background for Melville and his friendship with Nathaniel Hawthorne, who had a major influence on Melville and the book. Now that I'm living in New Bedford, where it all began, I've been planning to re-read Moby-Dick, and this book is a good way to re-introduce myself to what is both the first and best of all American novels ever written -- as well as being somewhat of a daunting read. I may read Philbrick's book again while reading Moby-Dick.
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