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Herman  Melville  1 


or,  The  Whale 

Moby-Dick,  or  the  Whale 
by  Herman  Melville  (1819-1891) 

Few  things,  even  in  literature,  can  really  be 
said  to  be  unique  —  but  Moby-Dick  is  truly 
unlike  anything  written  before  or  since.  The 
novel  is  nominally  about  the  obsessive  hunt 
by  the  crazed  Captain  Ahab  of  the  book's 
eponymous  white  whale.  But  interspersed  in 
that  story  are  digressions,  paradoxes, 
philosophical  riffs  on  whaling  and  life,  and  a 
display  of  techniques  so  advanced  for  its 
time  that  some  have  referred  to  the  1851 
Moby-Dick  as  the  first  "modern"  novel. 

Total  running  time:  24:37:50 
Read  by  Stewart  Wills 

Cover  design  by  Kathryn  Delaney 

Painting  by  Ivan  Constantinovich  Aivazovsky, 

Ship  in  a  Stormy  Sea  off  the  Coast,  (1 895) 


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