Moby Dick: Or, the Whale (Penguin Classics)

3.45 avg rating
( 374,181 ratings by GoodReads )
9780140861723: Moby Dick: Or, the Whale (Penguin Classics)

Melville's most ambitious and sumptuously written novel, Moby-Dick remains one of the greatest seafaring adventure stories of all time. With the famous opening line "Call me Ishmael", a young sailor begins his tale of Captain Ahab's obsessional search for the great white whale which long ago took his leg. Melville's work remains a paragon of thematic complexity and poetic beauty.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Product Description:

This is the tale of Captain Ahab's search for Moby Dick, the great white whale responsible for the loss of one of his legs. Among his crew is Ishmael who recounts the story of the doomed ship and tells of his gruelling rites of passage and the salvation he receives.


Arguably Herman Melville's greatest work, and hailed as a classic American novel, Moby Dick tells the tale of one man's fatal obsession and his willingness to sacrifice his life and that of his crew to achieve his goal. The story follows the fortunes of Captain Ahab and the culturally and spiritually diverse crew of the Pequod, a 19th century whaling ship. The Pequod is on its last voyage out of New Bedford, Mass, in pursuit of Moby Dick, the great white whale which has been Ahab's obsessional quarry and bitter adversary for many years. Narrated by sole survivor Ishmael, the tale forms a complex fictional fusion, combining a wealth of literary symbolism, hidden meaning and philosophical debate with adventure narrative and a detailed historical account of the 19th century whaling trade. -- Emily Lowson

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace


Melville, Herman
ISBN 10: 0140861726 ISBN 13: 9780140861723
New Quantity Available: 1
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97801408617231.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds