Who is the Captain Ahab known to millions of readers? Didn’t a young Ahab fall in love and inhale the beauty of life? What happened to him? What indescribable loss pierced him? How, when, and why did he become Captain Ahab?
Given Ahab’s age and the date of the sinking, the backstory to Melville’s Moby Dick, a work entitled Ahab, a Love Story,” comes from a timeline that is real. In this story, Ahab did live; he did love, and he did inhale the beauty of life. The History in this novel is actual. The ships’ names, manifests, and schedules are authentic. The astrological events, geographies, cultures, places, embedded stories, imprisonments, structures, battles…all occurred as documented in this story. While doing the research, I became eerily intrigued by the way in which everything lined up.
Superimposed upon this backdrop of actual history and true-to-life events, we meet young Ahab, a fictional character. Yet, by story’s end, one will wonder. . . Did young Ahab exist? For me, he did and does. So too, did and does, Abbie.
Enjoy & Godspeed! Stephen Melillo
Into 2018, Stephen's Symphony IIII: Lightfall, was nominated for the Pulitzer and Nemmers Prize in Music. Winner of three 2009 Telly & Ava Awards for his 2005 Visualized Concert, Kakehashi: That We Might Live, Stephen's concert-version was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. His 15 feature film scores include the Oscar-nominated 12:01PM and the horror thriller, The Unwilling, both directed by Jonathan Heap. An ASCAP Concert Awards recipient each year since 1992, Stephen's more than 1180 works include 4 symphonies, several concerti and over 33-hours of Music for Ensembles of the 3rd Millennium™. With 28 CDs and 6 books on iTunes, and simply by word-of-mouth, Stephen's pioneering, self-publishing entity known as STORMWORKS has gone from 0 to many thousands of worldwide renderings since 1992.
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