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Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Dezember 1992


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  • Taschenbuch: 720 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin Classics; Auflage: Reissue (1. Dezember 1992)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0140390847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140390841
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,7 x 3,3 x 19,6 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.9 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (131 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 622.609 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Arguably Herman Melville's greatest work, and hailed as a classic American novel, Moby Dick tells the tale of one man's fatal obsession and his willingness to sacrifice his life and that of his crew to achieve his goal. The story follows the fortunes of Captain Ahab and the culturally and spiritually diverse crew of the Pequod, a 19th century whaling ship. The Pequod is on its last voyage out of New Bedford, Mass, in pursuit of Moby Dick, the great white whale which has been Ahab's obsessional quarry and bitter adversary for many years. Narrated by sole survivor Ishmael, the tale forms a complex fictional fusion, combining a wealth of literary symbolism, hidden meaning and philosophical debate with adventure narrative and a detailed historical account of the 19th century whaling trade. --Emily Lowson -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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"Historically, the two great typographical edifices of West Coast printing are the Grabhorn "Leaves of Grass and the Nash "Divine Comedy. Now the Arion Press "Moby Dick takes its place beside them. . .It is the textual weft of hand composition that forms the chief glory of this work. Hoyem seems to have found the perfect measure to accommodate text to type. We turn page after page of matchless composition. . .as the magical result. I would venture the opinion that this constitutes a feat of modern craftsmanship unexcelled in modern printing."--"Fine Print -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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15 von 16 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Tristram Shandy TOP 500 REZENSENTVINE-PRODUKTTESTER am 7. August 2009
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Thus begins Chapter 82 of Melville's masterpiece "Moby-Dick", where Ishmael tries to give the reader some understanding of the history and meaningfulness of whaling. The selfsame motto also seems to apply to the composition of "Moby-Dick", because in terms of richness and intricacy it ranges on the same level as Sterne's "Tristram Shandy" or the works of James Joyce.

Whosoever simply expects a gripping, speedy tale of an adventurous whale-hunt will surely be disappointed with "Moby-Dick", since the actual fight between Ahab and the White Whale takes place on the last 35 of 630 pages, and the plot-line at times is hardly discernible what with long passages on the species of whales, on the history of whaling and on the processes of hunting, killing and exploiting the whales and with interior monologues of the characters involved. So if you are bent on tension and action merely, you had better watch the excellent film adaption of the novel starring Gregory Peck as monomanic Ahab. Apart from that "Moby-Dick" falls short of basic narrative conventions in that the first person narrator Ishmael, who seems to be about to tell of story about himself at the beginning, is more and more fading out of the tale, finally taking on the character of an omniscient narrator, who knows the innermost thoughts of Ahab and other crew members, and of a commentator. Then there are long passages where seamen suddenly talk as though there were imbued with Shakespearean spirit and where the whole novel takes on the character of a play.

What kind of botch is that, you may asked dismayed. The answer is that "Moby-Dick" is a brilliant experiment in language, which becomes clear when you read some of its chapters aloud to yourself. Start with Father Mapple's sermon on Jonah here, and you will see what I mean.
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6 von 7 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Alexander Suraev am 3. Februar 2000
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The right approach and the adequate level of intelligence is vital for that book's appreciation.
Here are a few hints that might help.
Did you notice that every time you dream the weirdest things there is nothing unfamiliar about them? Even when the enormous green elefant on gnat's legs attacks you with the eagle's beak you can tell your sleeping brain put the monster together using the oversized version of the animal you saw in a zoo, though in a different color, gigantic limbs of an isect and the bird's mouth. While communicating with itself your brain can not produce any images that do not correspond with your everyday experiences, it is capable of transforming them almost beyond recognition but the ingredients are real life.
The same with the author. He neded to choose something to be able to communicate with you. Why it's the gigantic white whale?
White is not a color but an absence of color - see the book's treatise on white and the eerie feeling it produces. The form of a whale is very elusive and hard to define. The animal lives in the most mysterious(it's still a few decades till the space age) but accessible element of that time - the ocean.
So GWW is the most undefinable object Herman Melville could come up with. Even writing one of the most metaphysical books he could not have set the hunt for hk897]];\'; or =-llk5gghh. The need to communicate - remember? But be assured that the GWW is no less abstract than these crazy codes.
There is some semblance of plot with the characters and even the final battle. Many readers are misled to such a degree they put here these "good plot and hystorical background but way to many details" reviews.
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 7. Juli 1999
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I am one of those who firmly believes that Melville's non-fiction is superior to his fiction. "Typee" and "Omoo" are more to my taste. "Moby Dick" contains any number of memorable characters, scenes and philosohpical speculations, but, unconfined by the autobiographical incidents that formed his early work, Melville's mind and his syntax here ramble all over the place. It's interesting to note that this novel was resurrected from obscurity by Hollywood in the 1920's when it was adapted as a vehicle for John Barrymore.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von P. K. U. Eckhoff am 11. Mai 2011
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The storyline is that of the protagonist, Ishmael, hiring aboard the Pequod for a whaling voyage. The ships captain, Ahab, sets out for the relentless and ill-fated pursuit of the white wale that previously took one of his legs. Melvilles writing is best described as experimential. There are passages narrated by the protagonist, lectures on everything to do with whales and whaling, scenes that almost seeme written for a stage-play, as well as passages narrated as if by an impersonal observer. Maybe less than half of the book is the actual account of the pursuit of Moby Dick, yet the lectures on whaling and what not, just seem to give the story more substance.
Clearly Melville portrays an archetypical struggle between, well, good and evil perhaps, or maybe God and man. Yet, many times it seems unclear who is good, who is evil. Even the relentless Ahab has his soft moments, and still is driven by fate towards his certain end. There is something promethean about Ahab, who, for all his hate and madness, seems more human than his mechanical dull-wited crew.
To sum it up, Moby Dick was a very enjoyable read that certainly starts you thinking. I thought about reading it for years, but heard that the language was rather difficult. It is rather antiquated - as was expected - but understandable, nevertheless. Non-native readers probably need a better-than-usual command of english. The chapters are, for the most part, rather short, which makes this book easier to read. Highly recommendable.
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