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Moby-Dick : Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition - Herman Melville

Moby-Dick

Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition

By: Herman Melville , Nathaniel Philbrick (Introduction by)

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Published: 5th August 2004
For Ages: 18+ years old
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A century and a half after its publication, Moby-Dick still stands as an indisputable literary classic. It is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopedia of whaling lore and legend, Moby-Dick is a haunting, mesmerizing, and important social commentary populated with several of the most unforgettable and enduring characters in literature. Written with wonderfully redemptive humor, Moby-Dick is a profound and timeless inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.

With an Introduction by Nathaniel Philbrick, author of the phenomenal bestseller In the Heart of the Sea.

About The Author

Herman Melville's legend is as mammoth and elusive as the whale that established it. The author's Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale stands as one of literature's greatest epics, a story of mythological proportions that was grounded in real life and a new way of storytelling. Melville's work, underappreciated in its time, remains as much subject to debate and interpretation as it was when he first caught the public eye with his South Seas adventure, Typee, in 1846.

Chapter I: Loomings

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago -- never mind how long precisely -- having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off -- then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.

There now is your insular city of the Manhattoes, belted round by wharves as Indian isles by coral reefs -- commerce surrounds it with her surf. Right and left, the streets take you waterward. Its extreme down-town is the Battery, where that noble mole is washed by waves, and cooled by breezes, which a few hours previous were out of sight of land. Look at the crowds of water-gazers there. Circumambulate the city of a dreamy Sabbath afternoon. Go from Corlears Hook to Coenties Slip, and from thence, by Whitehall, northward. What do you see? -- are wedded for ever. But here is an artist. He desires to paint you the dreamiest, shadiest, quietest, most enchanting bit of romantic landscape in all the valley of the Saco. What is the chief element he employs? There stand his trees, each with a hollow trunk, as if a hermit and a crucifix were within; and here sleeps his meadow, and there sleep his cattle; and up from yonder cottage goes a sleepy smoke. Deep into distant woodlands winds a mazy way, reaching to overlapping spurs of mountains bathed in their hill-side blue. But though the picture lies thus tranced, and though this pine-tree shakes down its sighs like leaves upon this shepherd's head, yet all were vain, unless the shepherd's eye were fixed upon the magic stream before him. Go visit the Prairies in June, when for scores on scores of miles you wade knee-deep among Tiger-lilies -- what is the one charm wanting? -- Water -- there is not a drop of water there! Were Niagara but a cataract of sand, would you travel your thousand miles to see it? Why did the poor poet of Tennessee, upon suddenly receiving two handfuls of silver, deliberate whether to buy him a coat, which he sadly needed, or invest his money in a pedestrian trip to Rockaway Beach? Why is almost every robust healthy boy with a robust healthy soul in him, at some time or other crazy to go to sea? Why upon your first voyage as a passenger, did you yourself feel such a mystical vibration, when first told that you and your ship were now out of sight of land? Why did the old Persians hold the sea holy? Why did the Greeks give it a separate deity, and make him the own brother of Jove? Surely all this is not without meaning. And still deeper the meaning of that story of Narcissus , who because he could not grasp the tormenting, mild image he saw in the fountain, plunged into it and was drowned. But that same image, we ourselves see in all rivers and oceans. It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.

Now, when I say that I am in the habit of going to sea whenever I begin to grow hazy about the eyes, and begin to be over conscious of my lungs, I do not mean to have it inferred that I ever go to sea as a passenger. For to go as a passenger you must needs have a purse, and a purse is but a rag unless you have something in it. Besides, passengers get sea-sick -- grow quarrelsome -- don't sleep of nights -- do not enjoy themselves much, as a general thing -- no, I never go as a passenger; nor, though I am something of a salt, do I ever to go to sea as a Commodore, or a Captain, or a Cook. I abandon the glory and distinction of such offices to those who like them. For my part, I abominate all honorable respectable toils, trials, and tribulations of every kind whatsoever. It is quite as much as I can do to take care of myself, without taking care of ships, barques, brigs, schooners, and what not. And as for going as cook, -- though I confess there is considerable glory in that, a cook being a sort of officer on ship-board -- yet, somehow, I never fancied broiling fowls -- though once broiled, judiciously buttered, and judgmatically salted and peppered, there is no one who will speak more respectfully, not to say reverentially, of a broiled fowl than I will. It is out of the idolatrous dotings of the old Egyptians upon broiled ibis and roasted river horse, that you see the mummies of those creatures in their huge bake-houses the pyramids.

N o, when I go to sea, I go as a simple sailor, right before the mast, plumb down into the forecastle, aloft there to the royal masthead. True, they rather order me about some, and make me jump from spar to spar, like a grasshopper in a May meadow. And at first, this sort of thing is unpleasant enough. It touches one's sense of honor, particularly if you come of an old established family in the land, the Van Rensselaers, or Randolphs, or Hardicanutes. And more than all, if just previous to putting your hand into the tarpot, you have been lording it as a country schoolmaster, making the tallest boys stand in awe of you. The transition is a keen one, I assure you, from a schoolmaster to a sailor, and requires a strong decoction of Seneca and the Stoics to enable you to grin and bear it. But even this wears off in time.

What of it, if some old hunks of a sea-captain orders me to get a broom and sweep down the decks? What does that indignity amount to, weighed, I mean, in the scale of the New Testament? Do you think the archangel Gabriel thinks anything the less of me, because I promptly and respectfully obey that old hunks in that particular instance? Who aint a slave? Tell me that. Well, then, however the old sea-captains may order me about -- however they may thump and punch me about, I have the satisfaction of knowing that it is all right; that everybody else is one way or other served in much the same way -- either in a physical or metaphysical point of view, that is; and so the universal thump is passed round, and all hands should rub each other's shoulder-blades, and be content. Again, I always go to sea as a sailor, because they make a point of paying me for my trouble, whereas they never pay passengers a single penny that I ever heard of. On the contrary, passengers themselves must pay. And there is all the difference in the world between paying and being paid. The act of paying is perhaps the most uncomfortable infliction that the two orchard thieves entailed upon us. But being paid, -- what will compare with it? The urbane activity with which a man receives money is really marvellous, considering that we so earnestly believe money to be the root of all earthly ills, and that on no account can a monied man enter heaven. Ah! how cheerfully we consign ourselves to perdition!

Finally, I always go to sea as a sailor, because of the wholesome exercise and pure air of the forecastle deck. For as in this world, head winds are far more prevalent than winds from astern (that is, if you never violate the Pythagorean maxim), so for the most part the Commodore on the quarter-deck gets his atmosphere at second hand from the sailors on the forecastle. He thinks he breathes it first; but not so. In much the same way do the commonalty lead their leaders in many other things, at the same time that the leaders little suspect it. But wherefore it was that after having repeatedly smelt the sea as a merchant sailor, I should now take it into my head to go on a whaling voyage; this the invisible police officer of the Fates, who has the constant surveillance of me, and secretly dogs me, and influences me in some unaccountable way -- he can better answer than any one else. And, doubtless, my going on this whaling voyage, formed part of the grand programme of Providence that was drawn up a long time ago. It came in as a sort of brief interlude and solo between more extensive performances. I t ake it that this part of the bill must have run something like this:

Grand Contested Election for the
Presidency of the United States.
WHALING VOYAGE BY ONE ISHMAEL.
BLOODY BATTLE IN AFFGHANISTAN.

Though I cannot tell why it was exactly that those stage managers, the Fates, put me down for this shabby part of a whaling voyage, when others were set down for magnificent parts in high tragedies, and short and easy parts in genteel comedies, and jolly parts in farces -- though I cannot tell why this was exactly; yet, now that I recall all the circumstances, I think I can see a little into the springs and motives which being cunningly presented to me under various disguises, induced me to set about performing the part I did, besides cajoling me into the delusion that it was a choice resulting from my own unbiased freewill and discriminating judgment.

Chief among these motives was the overwhelming idea of the great whale himself. Such a portentous and mysterious monster roused all my curiosity. Then the wild and distant seas where he rolled his island bulk; the undeliverable, nameless perils of the whale; these, with all the attending marvels of a thousand Patagonian sights and sounds, helped to sway me to my wish. With other men, perhaps, such things would not have been inducements; but as for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts. Not ignoring what is good, I am quick to perceive a horror, and could still be social with it -- would they let me -- since it is but well to be on friendly terms with all the inmates of the place one lodges in.

By reason of these things, then, the whaling voyage was we lcome; the great flood-gates of the wonder-world swung open, and in the wild conceits that swayed me to my purpose, two and two there floated into my inmost soul, endless processions of the whale, and, midmost of them all, one grand hooded phantom, like a snow hill in the air.
Forewordp. xi
Etymologyp. xxiii
Extractsp. xxv
Loomingsp. 3
The Carpet Bagp. 9
The Spouter-Innp. 13
The Counterpanep. 28
Breakfastp. 33
The Streetp. 36
The Chapelp. 39
The Pulpitp. 43
The Sermonp. 46
A Bosom Friendp. 55
Nightgownp. 59
Biographicalp. 61
Wheelbarrowp. 64
Nantucketp. 69
Chowderp. 72
The Shipp. 76
The Ramadanp. 90
His Markp. 96
The Prophetp. 100
All Astirp. 104
Going Aboardp. 107
Merry Christmasp. 111
The Lee Shorep. 116
The Advocatep. 118
Postscriptp. 123
Knights and Squiresp. 124
Knights and Squiresp. 128
Ahabp. 133
Enter Ahab; to him, Stubbp. 137
The Pipep. 141
Queen Mabp. 142
Cetologyp. 145
The Specksynderp. 158
The Cabin Tablep. 161
The Mast-Headp. 167
The Quarter-Deck - Ahab and allp. 174
Sunsetp. 182
Duskp. 184
First Night-Watchp. 186
Forecastle--Midnightp. 187
Moby Dickp. 194
The Whiteness of the Whalep. 204
Hark!p. 213
The Chartp. 215
The Affidavitp. 221
Surmisesp. 230
The Mat-Makerp. 233
The First Loweringp. 236
The Hyenap. 247
Ahab's Boat and Crew--Fedallahp. 250
The Spirit-Spoutp. 253
The Pequod meets the Albatrossp. 257
The Gamp. 260
The Town Ho's Storyp. 265
Monstrous Pictures of Whalesp. 285
Less Erroneous Pictures of Whalesp. 290
Of Whales in Paint, in Teeth, andc.p. 294
Britp. 297
Squidp. 300
The Linep. 303
Stubb kills a Whalep. 307
The Dartp. 313
The Crotchp. 315
Stubb's Supperp. 317
The Whale as a Dishp. 325
The Shark Massacrep. 328
Cutting Inp. 330
The Blanketp. 332
The Funeralp. 336
The Sphynxp. 338
The Pequod meets the Jeroboam - Her Storyp. 341
The Monkey-ropep. 348
Stubb and Flask kill a Right Whalep. 353
The Sperm Whale's Headp. 359
The Right Whale's Headp. 364
The Battering-Ramp. 368
The Great Heidelburgh Tunp. 371
Cistern and Bucketsp. 373
The Prairiep. 378
The Nutp. 381
The Pequod meets the Virginp. 384
The Honor and Glory of Whalingp. 395
Jonah Historically Regardedp. 399
Pitchpolingp. 402
The Fountainp. 405
The Tailp. 410
The Grand Armadap. 415
Schools and Schoolmastersp. 428
Fast Fish and Loose Fishp. 432
Heads or Tailsp. 436
The Pequod meets the Rose Budp. 440
Ambergrisp. 447
The Castawayp. 450
A Squeeze of the Handp. 455
The Cassockp. 459
The Try-Worksp. 461
The Lampp. 466
Stowing Down and Clearing Upp. 467
The Doubloonp. 470
The Pequod meets the Samuel Enderby of Londonp. 476
The Decanterp. 483
A Bower in the Arsacidesp. 483
Measurement of the Whale's Skeletonp. 493
The Fossil Whalep. 496
Does the Whale Diminish?p. 500
Ahab's Legp. 505
The Carpenterp. 508
The Deck - Ahab and the Carpenterp. 511
The Cabin - Ahab and Starbuckp. 516
Queequeg in his Coffinp. 519
The Pacificp. 525
The Blacksmithp. 527
The Forgep. 530
The Gilderp. 534
The Pequod meets the Bachelorp. 536
The Dying Whalep. 539
The Whale-Watchp. 541
The Quadrantp. 543
The Candlesp. 546
The Deckp. 553
Midnight, on the Forecastlep. 554
Midnight, Aloftp. 556
The Musketp. 557
The Needlep. 561
The Log and Linep. 565
The Life-Buoyp. 569
Ahab and the Carpenterp. 573
The Pequod meets the Rachelp. 576
The Cabin - Ahab and Pipp. 580
The Hatp. 582
The Pequod meets the Delightp. 587
The Symphonyp. 589
The Chase - First Dayp. 594
The Chase - Second Dayp. 604
The Chase - Third Dayp. 613
Epiloguep. 625
Map and Illustrationsp. 626
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ISBN: 9780142000083
ISBN-10: 0142000086
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 5th August 2004
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.4  x 4.4
Weight (kg): 0.71
Edition Number: 1