Why Read Moby-Dick?

By Nathaniel Philbrick
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143123972, 131pp.)

Publication Date: September 24, 2013

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Description
A "brilliant and provocative" ("The New Yorker") celebration of Melville's masterpiece--from the bestselling author of "In the Heart of the Sea"
One of the greatest American novels finds its perfect contemporary champion in "Why Read" Moby-Dick"?," Nathaniel Philbrick's enlightening and entertaining tour through Melville's classic. As he did in his National Book Award-winning bestseller "In the Heart of the Sea," Philbrick brings a sailor's eye and an adventurer's passion to unfolding the story behind an epic American journey. He skillfully navigates Melville's world and illuminates the book's humor and unforgettable characters--finding the thread that binds Ishmael and Ahab to our own time and, indeed, to all times. An ideal match between author and subject, "Why Read "Moby-Dick"?" will start conversations, inspire arguments, and make a powerful case that this classic tale waits to be discovered anew.



About the Author
Nathaniel Philbrick is the National Book Award winning author of "In the Heart of the Sea", "Revenge of the Whale", "Sea of Glory", and others. Philbrick has won numerous awards for his work, including the Massachusetts Book Award, the Albion-Monroe Award, and the New England Book Award; his book "Mayflower "was" "nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. His book "The Last Stand "was named an ALA Notable Book and was the basis for a two-hour PBS American Experience film called "Custer s Last Stand". A graduate of Duke and Brown Universities, he currently lives in New England.
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