by Herman Melville
Category: Fiction / Literary
544 pages; ISBN: 1853260088
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Moby Dick, like all good classics, leaves the reader with a brilliant sense of completion. Like a circle the story returns back on itself and you are left with the satisfaction of something akin to participation. Throughout the philosophical discourse, the scientific descriptions and the ups and downs of the chase there is a profound direction which prevails. Ultimately this is towards doom for Ahab but for Ishmael perhaps it is the opposite; a salvation which is more readily identifiable with today's culture seeking some escape from confusion. And so the book not only mirrors life and all its suprises but seems to offer a solution for those, to use Melville's words, who need to drive off a November of the soul. Any book which combines adventure and moral principle with such clarity as Moby Dick does cannot fail to impress upon the mind.
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