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Moby Dick by Herman Melville
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Moby Dick

by Herman Melville

285 ratings, 51 reviews

Herman Melville's masterpiece Moby-Dick was published in 1851 to little critical acclaim. It is the story of the wandering sailor Ishmael's voyage on the whaling ship Pequod, which is commanded by Captain Ahab. The Captain is inexorably obsessed with the Great White Whale who destroyed his boat and took his leg. This is what the book is ostensibly about, and with its long descriptions of whales, whaling, stringing one's harpoon, and a muddled plot, it has confounded readers since its publication.

Some argue that this book shouldn't be assigned in high school and they're probably right: it's long, filled with subplots and allegories; the language is dense and clumsy in places, and it reads like the epic dialogue from Paradise Lost. It is biblical in its depth and scope - it contains poetry, philosophy, comedy and tragedy, and the struggle it portrays is for nothing less than the soul itself. Moby Dick was more or less forgotten until the 1920s, and Melville published little after its failure. After working as a customs inspector in New York City, he died in 1891 almost totally unknown. It is almost as if the world, like the high school kids who now read it, needed to mature somewhat to appreciate Moby Dick.

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Lisa Dibb

November 18, 2015

Brilliant & the audio is even better!


PeyPey Mc

April 08, 2014

Solid - hard earned reading. Never a dull moment. (Read in 2nd grade)


Jesse Gurney

April 01, 2014

This book sucks........moby dicks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Bradley Leavitt

March 29, 2014

This book is sick


Isaac Fredrickson

February 12, 2014

I am 11 years old and i read this book it is very long but one of the best books i've read so read this book i would rate it more than 5 stars if i couldπŸ˜ΈπŸ˜ΊπŸ˜ΈπŸ˜ΊπŸ˜ΈπŸ˜ΊπŸ™€πŸ™€πŸ™€πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’—πŸ’“πŸ’—πŸ’“πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸš€out of this world


Ken Henderson

January 18, 2014

Very discriptive writing; puts the reader in the sceen.


Lorna Bravo

December 14, 2013



June Sanchez

November 24, 2013

This book is boring but it aleight i guess


Dasiaa Brown

November 04, 2013

This book is teally old and i like it βœ”βœ”


Noah Quimm

October 17, 2013

Not a good book well in my opinion


Boss Chicken

October 14, 2013

Its about a giant swimming chicken


Vito Michelozzi

October 01, 2013

It's an awesome adventure of human endurance and perseverance.


Giancarlo Vargaz

September 13, 2013

I love this book at first i tought he was a d*ck tht was named moby but hes the largest whale ever!!


Tas Zannat

July 18, 2013



Oscar Gabela

June 21, 2013

I dont like


Eliza Mables

June 18, 2013

This is NOT one of my faves. To tell you the truth, it's kind of weird.


Muffy Lapointe

June 16, 2013

Im only ten and i read it in three hours


Gabe Sullivan

May 02, 2013

He is a dick


Irene Shaverdian

April 18, 2013

Love this book .!


Olin Britt

April 08, 2013



Natalya Tchakovsky

March 26, 2013

It is filled with adventure


Baby Jesus

March 15, 2013

This book BLOWS!Β‘!Β‘!Β‘


Onion Greg

March 14, 2013

Penis is kool


Lily Figueroa

March 09, 2013



Shelly Magnotti

February 28, 2013

It is amasing awsome righting i have not finished it yet it might take a wiol consitoring I am only 11


John Thurston

February 26, 2013

I guess it was good😢


Merlin Ellis

February 15, 2013

It was a long read, but I finished. Chapter list would be nice.


Deb Rentmeester

January 23, 2013

Best book ever.


Ivan Villela

January 17, 2013

Well it was oky but i finshed it


Cheryl Whitmore

November 12, 2012

Just starting it!


Trent Seubert

November 05, 2012

It's the best book yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jake Mroczenski

November 05, 2012

It is a good book


Lewis Cox

October 27, 2012

I have not re-read it since High-School;but, I am enjoying it throughly. Amitedly, it is a tough "read".


Lan Khuu

August 29, 2012

I love it


Keana Blakeney

August 23, 2012

Loved this book in the beginning, then it got annoying. Too long, pages full of things referring to whaling and ships which I don't care about.


Evelyn Claffy

August 20, 2012

Although i completed several assignments in various classes about this book, i never really read the entire work. What a wonderful piece of writing. Even the meanderings were great reads. Well worth the time. Sad that Melville did not ever know he had written a classic!



July 17, 2012

Never before has anyone so intricately woven the Sea into meaning with everything else in life. In spite of its daunting length, Moby Dick is sure to draw in anyone with a particular interest in Ye Olde Classics. 4/5 - amazing, but not quite perfect~


Matthew Matheson

July 08, 2012

Love it


Donna Han

July 02, 2012

I was forced to read this classic. I like a few classic books but, this one was too long


Savannah Cantatore

June 28, 2012

I loved the movie


Tom Wolfson

June 28, 2012

So great to read this great, if not greatest, American novel at night in the dark with white letters against the black background, holed up with Ishmael and Queequeg, bounding out to sea. Melville's language is amazing and his sense of humor makes me lol. This book is one of the greatest adventure tales ever written!


John Noon

June 18, 2012

Good book but I was very upset by a certain plot direction that greatly disappointed me.


Jennifer Molina

May 16, 2012

Wonderful book great app


Andrea Hunter

May 09, 2012

I've seen filmed version of the book and, and now I'm reading the book to find out what was left out of the film.


Aftan Bhai

April 03, 2012

To long


ariel Osmond

March 22, 2012

Mellvill's use of language is wonderful. I reveled in sounding out the more quaint expressions, and marveled at his use of descriptions. No one writes this way anymore and be that considered good or bad, to me it is sad.


Allison Miller

March 12, 2012

Bad book too long


brendi la chula Dedos

January 27, 2012



Patricia Madrzyk

December 20, 2011

I mean i guess it was a good book eventhough, it is so long.


Isadora Mousata

December 12, 2011

This book was an English Lit assignment and I did not look forward to reading it; however, I grew more fond of it with each chapter. Some chapters move slowly, for they pertain to facts about whales and indeed your general of whales will certainly increase. Those chapters add to the engrossing nature of the topic, so the narrator is a sane version of Captain Ahab. I shall never regret the time spent reading this novel, and I gladly give it a five-star rating.


Jacob Cipriano

August 20, 2011

In giving this a five star review, I don't necessarily mean to say I absolutely loved reading this book. In fact, I really hated reading it. The passages are slow, some chapters go in extreme detail that involves nothing in the plot. If someone took out everything besides the plot in this book, the novel would be 200 pages instead of 600. The white whale appears in only the last three chapters! Besides all of this, the novel has such an extraordinary plot, it compensates for the parts that make you rather run a cheese grater on your brain. Moby-Dick and I have a love/hate relationship. I had the greatest feeling after reading this monster, it was worth the pain. There is so much to learn in this novel, about whales, hunting whales, ships, and even values of life. This book even has times when there is such great action, stopping reading is impossible. Whale chases are fantastic and exciting. The greatest pieces of action, though, are most certainly the last three chapters, when Moby Dick appears. I truly want everyone to read this in their life, not just so they can say "What now, punks! I read Moby Dick!", but because so much can be learned, discovered and cherished from this great novel.