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The relentless voyage of Ahab and his crew, a finely etched group of weird and wonderful characters who seem both flesh-and-blood individuals and symbolic of the varying qualities of men, becomes a masterful drama of life at sea. The drama is made more fascinating by Melville's eloquent style - a combination of the journalistic, colloquial, and poetic - and the themes and subjects he pursues - whales and whaling; man's need for love and comradeship; and the fury of Ahab for the whale.
Through realistic storytelling, symbolic allegory, and allusive and figurative language, Melville achieves in Moby Dick a special intensity that readers will marvel at, and not soon forget.
Package Weight: about 18.3 pounds.
(From the Treasured Classics shelf.)