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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 605 Seiten
  • Verlag: Oxford University Press; Auflage: New edition (Oktober 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0192100416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192100412
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 9,9 x 3 x 16,3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.521.755 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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'In his great whaling epic Melville roamed both the seas, and the secret places of men's minds. In the alternate playfulness and ferocity of the great white whale he found the perfect metaphor within which to develope his views on life, death and God.' The Sunday Times 'An attractive edition to a field rather overcrowded with inexpensive editions. However, the Hawthorne material gives this one an edge.' Andrew Lyman, Leicester University. ' Much better annotations than any other available edition.' H. Merritt, CCAT Cambridge. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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25 von 25 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Shopping Jens am 23. Juni 2011
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Very sloppy conversion:

- no table of contents (show-stopper as the book has 135 chapters!)
- Etymology and Extracts chapters missing
- chapter titles not correctly formatted
- no cover image
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15 von 16 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Tristram Shandy TOP 1000 REZENSENT 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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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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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Amazon Customer am 15. Dezember 2012
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Was soll ,an noch über dieses Meisterwerk schreiben. Es ist unde bleibt eines der besten Bücher, die je entstanden sind.
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When you read the book you'll find passages that are so perfectly written they easily rival shakespeare in their power. The book is like a poem in so many ways...it is very poetic...I did a critical review on Ahab, about what the main critics thought about him, and that gave me an even more greater respect for Melville. Ahab is an incrediable character---possibly the greatest and most complex in literature. He fights against fate and/or God.....he wants to assert himself--he wants to be in control...instead of being a thing or object, he wants to be in control...and so he trys to trump himself as a God....His fight to assert himself past his humanity--so he is more then just a man--is seen in everybody. He wishes he were something more then he is. But he keeps having to deal witht the fact that he is mortal...In the end, Ahab is seen really as a tragic hero...a good guy sorta...The reader starts to root for him. No movie can even come close to capturing the power of the book...it is too poetic and philosophical...Melville's ramblings in the middle of the book can seem tedious but add to the book greatly. They give the book so much depth in which to look at it...the world is seen as an ocean...on the ship are the earth's inhabitiants....they all try to figure out the purpose of existence, but with no shore (or landmarks) in sight, they all shoot from the hip, and each one's personnel view about life is as good as someone elses since there is no roadmap (very Hamlet like). Ahab's view of the whale as being the transcendese (sp--who cares) of evil is as good as Starbuck believing the whale is a dumb animal. The Doubloon in my eyes is one of the greatest chapters in the book....Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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