Moby-Dick

Paperback, 660 pages

English language

Published March 16, 1991 by Vintage Books/Library of America.

ISBN:
978-0-679-72525-1
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OCLC Number:
23286500

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"Command the murderous chalices! Drink ye harpooners! Drink and swear, ye men that man the deathful whaleboat's bow -- Death to Moby Dick!" So Captain Ahab binds his crew to fulfil his obsession -- the destruction of the great white whale. Under his lordly but maniacal command the Pequod's commercial mission is perverted to one of vengeance. To Ahab, the monster that destroyed his body is not a creature, but the symbol of "some unknown but still reasoning thing." Uncowed by natural disasters, ill omens, even death, Ahab urges his ship towards "the undeliverable, nameless perils of the whale." Key letters from Melville to Nathaniel Hawthorne are printed at the end of this volume. - Back cover.

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reviewed Moby Dick by Herman Melville

La realtà umana in un romanzo

5 stars

Tra i classici che ho avuto modo di leggere finora, Moby Dick è sicuramente quello che riesce ad analizzare e sovrapporre più tematiche riguardanti la natura umana, senza che tra esse ci sia alcuna soluzione di continuità.

Quelle che più saltano all'occhio, e tutte trattate in maniera molto più che avanguardistica per l'epoca (1851), sono: - La vendetta (il tentativo di vendicarsi di Dio, del fato o della natura) - L'animalismo (traspare chiaramente che il protagonista si rende conto della crudeltà del trattamento che viene riservato alle balene, tanto da tentare di descriverne la paura) - L'orientamento sessuale (MICROSPOILER Ismaele e Queequeg si "sposano" e da come Ismaele descrive la prestanza fisica del principe isolano appare una vena di attrazione omosessuale) - Il rapporto dell'uomo con la fede (e come ogni personaggio la interpreta) - Il rapporto tra fatalismo e libero arbitrio (e il forzare il corso degli eventi …

too smart? too soon?

4 stars

  1. So thoroughly about whales and whaling and the pre-fossil-oil industry that trying to write a book about any of that without reference to this now feels impossible. Thankfully, I'm not writing a book of whale facts; its been done.
  2. "Blood for Oil!" (p291) This story echoes Don Quixote's wandering and precarity, but connects more immediately to the modern world's thirst for exploitation. Seriously relevant.
  3. Technical knowledge's belief it has overcome passions and the most inevitable, which gives justification for the huge bulk of whale and whaling facts, while also constantly and purposefully undercutting the worth of reading all that.
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Subjects

  • Ahab, Captain (Fictitious character) -- Fiction
  • Whaling ships -- Fiction
  • Ship captains -- Fiction
  • Mentally ill -- Fiction
  • Whaling -- Fiction
  • Whales -- Fiction