On November 20, 1820, an 80-ton sperm whale reportedly attacks a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts, 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America. The ship is known as the Essex. Its story partly inspires Herman Melville’s 1851 novel, Moby-Dick. Melville unfortunately can be known for his dry narrative. An interestingly large part of Moby-Dick is devoted to describing a whaling ship. It cannot be blamed on most readers when they cannot see the point of saying this books is a classic. This is where writers such as Nathaniel Philbrick are invaluable. In Why Read Moby-Dick? Philbrick amuses and tempts the reader with an understanding of why indeed you and everyone should read Moby-Dick.
Book Title: Why Read Moby-Dick?
Book Author: Philbrick, Nathaniel
Dewey Decimal Call Number: 813 MELVILLE
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