Why Read Moby-Dick?

By Nathaniel Philbrick
(Viking Books, Hardcover, 9780670022991, 131pp.)

Publication Date: October 20, 2011

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“I read this delightful homage to Melville's classic twice in succession and enjoyed it greatly both times. Philbrick, an unabashed and encouraging fan, has penned the perfect combination of biography, history, and literary criticism. His book is both fun and informative, and it is hard not to be swept up by his enthusiasm. It is likely to inspire many readers to tackle the classic, as it did me!”
-- Christopher Rose, Andover Bookstore, Andover, MA


Description

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 often keeps readers at bay. Fortunately, one unabashed fan wants passionately to give Melville's 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 master's tour of a spellbinding novel rich with adventure and history.

Philbrick 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. A perfect match between author and subject, Why Read Moby-Dick? gives us a renewed appreciation of both Melville and the proud seaman's town of Nantucket that Philbrick himself calls home. Like Alain de Botton's 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.




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.


NPR
Monday, Oct 17, 2011

Moby-Dick is a difficult book to read. But the author of a new book about the Melville classic says it's worth it to make the effort. More at NPR.org

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