Why Read Moby-Dick?

Why Read Moby-Dick?

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A "brilliant and provocative" (The New Yorker) celebration of Melville's masterpiece--from the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Valiant Ambition
One of the greatest American novels finds its perfect contemporary champion in Why Read Moby-Dick?, Nathaniel Philbrick's enlightening and entertaining tour through Melville's classic. As he did in his National Book Award-winning bestseller In the Heart of the Sea, Philbrick brings a sailor's eye and an adventurer's passion to unfolding the story behind an epic American journey. He skillfully navigates Melville's world and illuminates the book's humor and unforgettable characters--finding the thread that binds Ishmael and Ahab to our own time and, indeed, to all times. An ideal match between author and subject, Why Read Moby-Dick? will start conversations, inspire arguments, and make a powerful case that this classic tale waits to be discovered anew.
"Gracefully written [with an] infectious enthusiasm..."--New York Times Book Review
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Product details

  • Paperback | 131 pages
  • 124 x 176 x 12mm | 113.4g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • The Penguin Press
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143123971
  • 9780143123972
  • 320,136

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Gracefully written [with an] infectious enthusiasm New York Times Book Review

Exuberant. --Boston Globe

Brilliant and provocative The New Yorker

[A] slim, passionate manifesto Chicago Tribune

A slim, easy-to-read argument on why you should definitely put [Moby-Dick] on your bucket list. History Wire

WHY READ MOBY-DICK? reels in a compelling case short, lucid, intelligent Philbrick s more like a literary color analyst, helping readers see the novel better while also creating a sense of excitement about it. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This slender volume is packed with reasons why you might want to read the whaling classic.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

This slender, pleasant, sincere book by the maritime historian and naval enthusiast is more than a respectable tribute unencumbered by academic prose. Approaching Moby-Dick from outside the academy is refreshing, and Philbrick s enthusiasm is contagious .So put me down for a reading of Moby-Dick in 2012, and count Philbrick s book a success. The New Republic

Philbrick does the literary world great service by bringing Moby-Dick back into popular attention and also by his skill in keeping American history fresh and alive. Aspen Daily News

Sure to swell the readership of Melville s masterpiece. Booklist (Starred review)

In this cogent and passionate polemic for Melville s masterpiece, Philbrick combines a critical eye and a reader s adoration to make a case for Moby-Dick Less lit-crit and more readers guide, this tome will remind fans why they loved the book in the first place, and whet the appetites of trepid potential readers. Publishers Weekly

A slim celebration of the elements of a literary masterpiece Philbrick is an enthusiastic salesman for a sometimes daunting novel. Kirkus

So you liked Philbrick s In the Heart of the Sea, which re-created the wreck of the whaleship Essex, inspiration for Herman Melville s Moby-Dick? Then you ll love Philbrick s new book From a wonderful and knowing writer. Library Journal, pre-pub alert

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About Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the National Book Award; Mayflower, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Bunker Hill, winner of the New England Book Award; Sea of Glory; The Last Stand; Why Read Moby Dick?; and Away Off Shore. He lives in Nantucket. His new book Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution, will be published in May 2016.
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