Why Read Moby Dick? Nathaniel Philbrick

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Why Read Moby Dick?  by  Nathaniel Philbrick

Why Read Moby Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick
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The New York Times bestselling author of seagoing epics now celebrates an American classic.Moby-Dick is perhaps the greatest of the Great American Novels, yet its length and esoteric subject matter create an aura of difficulty that too oftenMoreThe New York Times bestselling author of seagoing epics now celebrates an American classic.Moby-Dick is perhaps the greatest of the Great American Novels, yet its length and esoteric subject matter create an aura of difficulty that too often keeps readers at bay.

Fortunately, one unabashed fan wants passionately to give Melvilles masterpiece the broad contemporary audience it deserves. In his National Book Award- winning bestseller, In the Heart of the Sea, Nathaniel Philbrick captivatingly unpacked the story of the wreck of the whaleship Essex, the real-life incident that inspired Melville to write Moby- Dick.

Now, he sets his sights on the fiction itself, offering a cabin masters tour of a spellbinding novel rich with adventure and history.Philbrick skillfully navigates Melvilles world and illuminates the books humor and unforgettable characters-finding the thread that binds Ishmael and Ahab to our own time and, indeed, to all times. A perfect match between author and subject, WHY READ MOBY-DICK?

gives us a renewed appreciation of both Melville and the proud seamans town of Nantucket that Philbrick himself calls home. Like Alain de Bottons How Proust Can Change Your Life, this remarkable little book will start conversations, inspire arguments, and, best of all, bring a new wave of readers to a classic tale waiting to be discovered anew.



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