Glenn Myers's Reviews > Moby-Dick, or, the Whale

Moby-Dick, or, the Whale by Herman Melville
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
5325549
's review

liked it

I listened to this title as a Librevox audio book, lovingly and well read.


It's exasperating. In here is a totally gripping account of the mad pursuit of a great whale in the 19th century, compelling, detailed, tense, very satisfying. Unfortunately it's wrapped in screeds of Shakespearean asides and philosophical meanderings that I found just plain dull. There's hardly a novelist's rule that Melville doesn't break, which is fine, except it just doesn't help. So joy and dismay crowd together.

If this is the first 'modern novel' I hope it will also be my last. And yet, clear away the dross, and there's something absolutely special.
flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Moby-Dick, or, the Whale.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

March 13, 2015 – Started Reading
March 13, 2015 – Shelved
Finished Reading

No comments have been added yet.