The story of Moby-Dick is partly about an eerily compelling madman who wages an unholy war against a creature that is just as vast, dangerous, and unknowable as the ocean itself. Moby-Dick is more than just an adventure novel. It is also more than just an encyclopedia of whaling lore and legend. Instead, it is a haunting, mesmerizing, and important social commentary that is populated with several of the most memorable and enduring characters in the history of literature. Moby-Dick is a profound and timeless investigation into personality, faith, and the nature of perception, and it is written with wonderful humor that has a redemptive message.
This edition includes the most up-to-date version of the Moby-Dick text, which is based on the Northwestern-Newberry edition. Additionally, it includes an introduction written by Andrew Delbanco as well as an explanatory commentary written by Tom Quirk.
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