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Moby Dick - Tome 2

(Moby Dick #1 & 2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  472 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Otage de l'obsession de son capitaine, le Pequod continue sa lente et inexorable mission. Car qu'importe le spermaceti, qu'importent l'huile et la richesse, Achab n'a qu'un seul objectif : traquer et tuer la bête qui lui arracha sa jambe.Moby Dick... un nom qui sonne comme une dangereuse légende. Un nom rempli d'effroi pour l'équipage et tous les baleiniers qu'ils croisent ...more
Hardcover, 134 pages
Published October 2014 by Vents d'Ouest (first published January 15th 2014)
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Sam Quixote
Artist Christophe Chaboute adapts into comics what is considered to be THE Great American Novel, Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick. What’d I think? Call me… ambivalent!

Chaboute’s adaptation is faithful to the original, including all the major themes/scenes/characters and hitting the same story beats, bar the most famous opening line in all world literature - “Call me Ishmael” - which is cleverly relocated. The story, if you’re somehow unfamiliar with it: set in the 19th century at the height o
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moby Dick is considered one of the great American novels. Many also consider it a terrible drag what with all the details the autor, Herman Melville, included about whaling and living on a whaling ship.

This is an alternative, or an addendum. A graphic novel version in black-and-white panels with gritty art. Personally, I think it's a great way to ease readers into the story (or replace the novel form). The gritty art underlines the harsh life of whalers and the horrible things they did to those
David Schaafsma
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gn-lit-based
250 page black and white tome, a solid graphic/illustrated/comics adaptation of the central action of one of the Great American Novels about Captain Ahab obsessively seeking revenge on the Great White Whale (uh, that would be your titular character, Moby Dick) that took his leg. The original novel, much admired and much hated, is not just an adventure story, it’s a wonderfully messy and wide-ranging exploration of ideas. Charcoute enacts a version of the tale that visually gets at the madness an ...more

L’immagine uccide l’immaginazione

Inutile presentare Moby Dick, credo tutti conoscano il celeberrimo romanzo di Melville. Un romanzo che si presta a moltissime letture, da quella semplicemente legata all’avventura in sé a quelle più metaforiche e bibliche.

La bellezza del libro direi che sta proprio in questi diversi livelli di lettura, che ne fanno un romanzo pieno di punti ciechi tutti da scoprire.
Proprio in virtù di ciò, onestamente fatico a ricordare il motivo per cui ho acquistato questa gra
J. Kent Messum
*Review originally published in the New York Journal Of Books:

Adaptations of classics can be tricky things. Television and film often come up against the usual suspects: problems with length, translation, or the fact that some novels don’t lend themselves well to other art forms. Whether a reinterpretation or a stickler for source material, updated versions of literature’s great works have their work cut out for them. Christophe Chaboute’s graphic novel o
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, classics
How does someone take a massive tome like Moby Dick and then adapt it to comic graphic novel format? Witness "Moby Dick" by Chaboute. Instead of trying to emulate the prose of the classic book, Chaboute instead tells the story of Ishmael through his eyes. The comic doesn't just focus on the hunt for the whale- it delves into the life of a harpooner during these times. Ahab is wonderfully represented as a dark, brooding, obsessive captain that has no real feeling for his crew save that they get t ...more
Rita Araújo
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Para o projeto #lendomobydick da Tatiana Feltrin ❤ ...more
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have absolutely no desire to read the original Moby Dick, so I'm glad this comic exists.

As a comic fan, I liked this quite a bit, but I have no idea how it stacks up to the original. From what I've seen in other reviews, this adaptation is more straightforward and focuses on the action/plot instead of the philosophical musings of the original. I'm okay with focusing on the action, but I do admit I wouldn't have been mad if this was written a little more densely.

I think where the adaptation re
Erik Fazekas
Veľmi dobré. Zaujímavp spracované, a zároveň som z tej knihy dostal akýsi feeling.
Seit Kindheitstagen fasziniert mich diese Geschichte des einbeinigen Kapitäns Ahab, der in seiner wahnsinnigen Rache ein instinkt-geleitetes Tier verfolgt und dabei den Tod von 30 Seeleuten in Kauf nimmt.
Ich habe stets gebannt den Film verfolgt und ebenso verzaubert eine originelle Bühnenfassung gesehen. Die Erwartungen an das gezeichnete Format waren somit vergleichsweise hoch. Doch bereits auf den ersten Seiten stellte ich glücklich fest, dass ich ein graphisches Kunstwerk in meinen Händen hal
Stunningly beautiful. Just stunning. Chaboute does a fantastic job adapting this Great American Novel. This is the best adaptation I've seen.
S. M. Metzler
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was the epicest graphic novel I've yet read (actually, wait, it's the first graphic novel I've ever read, if you exempt manga and comics). I am already familiar with the story of Moby Dick, but never understood a lot of what was going on, so it was awesome to have many things cleared up. Full review coming soon once it's up on Constant Collectible!
Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
It is what it is. An abridged graphic novelization of Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick which is a pretty difficult feat in its own right considering the novel is about 800 pages long and full of verbose descriptions and layered metaphor.

I like the original novel quite a bit, so I went into this knowing the plot and the character’s motivations. I will say that overall Chaboute did a rather good job with both. There were a few chapters in the original novel that I felt were rather pointless, su
Alex Panagiotopoulos
This adaptation sticks to the source material in an odd way. You have some of the chapter titles along with a small quote from the book and then the key events in the chapter in illustrated form. That, even if it makes you happy with no experiments or liberties concerning the plot, lacks coherence and narrative flow.

The illustration style is beautiful though, Chaboute plays exceptionaly with B/W techniques and the uses of shadows and lighting are superb.
Tobias Langhoff
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
The main focus of this adaptation is, perhaps unsurprisingly, Ahab's madness. The story's pacing is excellent, and really helps to show his monomaniacal nature, like how he wins over the crew and how Starbuck grows more and more disillusioned with the crazy old man.

The omissions and changes from the source material all seem sensible and logically considered. The character of Pip, for example, is omitted, but an unnamed (and unseen, except for in silhouette) falls overboard at one point and is se
Rod Brown
I spent the entire summer after I graduated high school forcing myself to read the Moby Dick novel. It was a dreadful experience, and like the compulsive need to pick at a scab, I keep picking up the inevitable graphic novel adaptations that come out every five years or so to revisit the pain. I was hoping Chaboute would lean toward a mostly wordless adaptation like his The Park Bench GN, but he still included sentences that seem to come directly from the novel, and each time I came across one, ...more
Tamara Leontievova
No neni to kniha, ale ako skratka dobre. Tahak na povinne citanie. Ale plezir sa nedostavil, predsalen, ponorkova choroba z lode a kvasiace achabove sialenstvo potrebuju cas a intenzitu, ktoru nijake medium okrem knihy neposkytne...
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Absolutely fantastic rendering of Moby Dick by French graphic artist Chabouté.

I've been tempted to get this for some time based on the 8 pages or so I could read on Amazon but it's a pricey hardcover and it's always wrapped in plastic in stores. I just discovered Hoopla and was able to read it online for free. Wow. I think it's worth buying. Chabouté really nails it. The end is beautifully done.

Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
É verdade tudo o que dizem: o HQ está à altura da obra que se propôs a traduzir. Página após página, o drama da tripulação do Pequod, as expressões de Ahab cada vez mais tomado pela obsessão, as adversidades no mar aberto são tão sensacionais nesta versão gráfica que até distraíram minha expectativa pelo aparecimento de Moby Dick, e olha que eu sou uma grande admiradora do trabalho desta cachalote.
Stephanie (aka WW)
I cannot imagine a more successful graphic retelling of Moby Dick than this one. Chaboute’s bleak, jagged black-and-white illustrations are filled with detail and atmosphere. Several chapters barely have words, yet still convey all the grim meaning of the book. And, Ahab. Ahab actually feels much more menacing and alive in this book than in the original (which I just finished reading for the first time). This is a must read, for Moby Dick fans, for those who are curious, but haven’t been able to ...more
I will begin this review with a confession: I have (as of yet) never read Melville's classic novel in full (though I have read snippets, as well as other texts by Melville). But having said that, I would also add that I have had encounters with the story itself via other adaptations, in film and comics.

And any way one looks at it, Christophe Chabouté's version does stand out. In glorious black and white, and with an episodic structure that (in a manner of speaking) cherry-picks from Melville's n
Derek Royal
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid adaptation of the classic novel. I would have liked it better if it had retained more of Melville's philosophical musings -- for example, in the "Quarterdeck" section there is a conspicuous absence of Ahab's "pasteboard mask" speech, and existential horrors embedded in "The Whiteness of the Whale" are nowhere to be found -- but that would make this a much longer narrative. Still, I'm waiting for an adapter who will not only take on the action, but the philosophical adventures embedded in ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exquisite scrimshaw-like illustrations allowed this graphic novel adaptation to work well. Although it cannot span the entire length of the novel, this proved to be a very thorough adaptation of the classic in so much that the characters were well portrayed and Ahab's insane obsession over the white whale was captured quite well.
Dario Malic
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Svjetski poznata i svevremenska priča u očekivano dobroj Chabouteovoj realizaciji. O priči se već sve zna, a što se crteža tiče, on toliko dobro pristaje i pripovijeda gotovo bez potrebe za riječima da postaje teško zamisliti Moby Dicka u formi knjige. Adaptacija koja se bez problema može nositi s originalom.
Мilos Vulikic
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Most graphic adaptations of novels work overtime to cram as much of the novel into the pages as possible, bogging down the sleek visual media with dense text boxes that are basically cut and paste jobs from a copy of the original. This is, obviously when you think about it, a terrible way to go about creating an adaptation. Instead you get a kind of illustrated classic, the worst of both worlds being both too literal and not literal enough.

(A successful example of a wordy adaptation is Stéphane
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a magnificent adaptation of a, quite obviously, brilliant novel. This graphic novel already sets the scene with some superb cover art. The monstrous, unknown, menacing figure lurking in the deep fills you with foreboding long before the ship ever sets sail.

I found the artwork to be wonderfully emotive and it created an almost melodic rhythm to the story, with drama, excitement and long lonely silence flowing together to give the experience of the arduous journey at sea. The pace of eac
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Christophe Chabouté is a French author and illustrator.

D’origine alsacienne, il suit les cours des Beaux-Arts d’Angoulême, puis de Strasbourg. Vents d'Ouest publie ses premières planches en 1993 dans Les Récits, un album collectif sur Arthur Rimbaud. Mais il se fait surtout connaître en 1998 en publiant Sorcières aux éditions du Téméraire (primé au Festival d’Illzach) puis Quelques jours d’été aux