An Apple Books Classic edition.
Herman Melville’s classic begins with one of the most famous opening lines in world literature: “Call me Ishmael.” Moby Dick was a commercial failure when it was first published in 1851, but during the 20th century, the book’s reputation grew and grew.
The novel features a memorable cast of characters, in particular the ivory-legged Captain Ahab, who lost a limb to the gargantuan white whale named Moby Dick. Now, Ahab’s sole obsession is hunting down the sea creature to exact his revenge. Heedless of warnings, Ahab risks ship and crew in his maniacal pursuit, bearing out Melville’s observation that ”there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men.”
Note to children: this is not Melville's Moby Dick. Drummond (The Willow Pattern Story) has transformed the tome of American Lit into a quick-reading, kid-friendly whale of a tale. His inviting approach (which emanates from his obvious love for the story) involves ruthless editing and nonthreatening visuals. He uses pen and pale washes of color (punctuated by just enough red whale gore to suggest the seriousness of the sport) in a cartoonish style and conversation bubbles with handwritten contents to cleverly convey the episodic quality of the text. Ishmael narrates the story here, too, and chapter headings for each spread aid the story's clarity and momentum. Amazingly, the plot is complete in these 32 pages and includes many of the most fascinating details of the mechanics of whaling. Although some children may have trouble with some of the more adult themes (the fact that this is a revenge mission for Ahab, Queequeg builds himself a coffin and only Ishmael survives), whale and sea lovers will learn a great deal (especially in the concluding author's note). By cagily approaching this classic with a light, non-reverential touch, Drummond may predispose a new generation of readers toward experiencing the original work (that they might otherwise only encounter only in Cliffs Notes). Ages 5-up.
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Couldn't finish, but well written
Probably one of the best written books I've ever read. That said, it seems to drag on forever at times to the point that I lost interest. The story itself is very good, but there is a lot of irrelevent information that cuts into the it. For example, Melville goes on and on in describing different types of whales, and on and on even more in describing the white whale. I understand that at the time this was written any extra reading was considered a bonus, but for me I just wanted to scream "I get the point! The whale is big and white!" I may try to read it again in the future, but for now I'm happy with at least saying I tried.
Spectacular! This is one of the books I avoided reading in high school and college, thinking it would be as dry as dust. Instead I come to find that it is a page-turner;I couldn't put it down, all 3,170 pages of it. Melville spins a suspenseful tale full of fascinating characters, rich in historical detail, and wrought with masterful craftsmanship. I highly recommend this book!
Why would you give this one star, dude? Just because youre too lazy to read a classic piece of literature doesn't make it trash. If you're mad about having to read this for English, don't express it by giving the book a bad review