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"One of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world." —D. H. Lawrence
"‘Moby-Dick’ is the book which I put down with the unqualified thought, 'I wish I had written that'…" —William Faulkner
"What a book Melville has written! It gives me an idea of much greater power than his preceding ones. It hardly seemed to me that the review of it, in the ‘Literary World’, did justice to its best points." —Nathaniel Hawthorne
"The greatest novel in American literature." —Elizabeth Hardwick
"‘Moby-Dick’ is more than the greatest American novel ever written; it is a metaphysical survival manual — the best guidebook there is for a literate man or woman facing an impenetrable unknown: the future of civilization in this storm-tossed 21st century." —Nathaniel Philbrick
A masterpiece of storytelling, this epic saga pits Ahab, a brooding and fantastical sea captain, against the great white whale that crippled him. In telling the tale of Ahab's passion for revenge and the fateful voyage that ensued, Melville produced far more than the narrative of a hair-raising journey; Moby-Dick is a tale for the ages that sounds the deepest depths of the human soul.
Interspersed with graphic sketches of life aboard a whaling vessel, and a wealth of information on whales and 19th-century whaling, Melville's greatest work presents an imaginative and thrilling picture of life at sea, as well as a portrait of heroic determination. The author's keen powers of observation and firsthand knowledge of shipboard life (he served aboard a whaler himself) were key ingredients in crafting a maritime story that dramatically examines the conflict between man and nature.
“A valuable addition to the literature of the day,” said American journalist Horace Greeley on the publication of Moby-Dick in 1851 — a classic piece of understatement about a literary classic now considered by many as “the great American novel.” Read and pondered by generations, the novel remains an unsurpassed account of the ultimate human struggle against the indifference of nature and the awful power of fate.

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Date de parution 22 janvier 2018
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Moby Dick

Table of Contents Etymology. Extracts (Supplied by a Sub-sub-librarian). Extracts. Chapter 1. Chapter 2. Chapter 3. Chapter 4. Chapter 5. Chapter 6. Chapter 7. Chapter 8. Chapter 9. Chapter 10. Chapter 11. Chapter 12. Chapter 14. Chapter 15. Chapter 16. Chapter 17. Chapter 18. Chapter 19. Chapter 20. Chapter 21. Chapter 22. Chapter 23. Chapter 24. Chapter 25. Chapter 26. Chapter 27. Chapter 28. Chapter 29. Chapter 30. Chapter 31. Chapter 32. Chapter 33. Chapter 34. Chapter 35. Chapter 36. Chapter 37. Chapter 38. Chapter 39. Chapter 40. Chapter 41. Chapter 42. Chapter 43. Chapter 44. Chapter 45. Chapter 46. Chapter 47. Chapter 48. Chapter 49. Chapter 50. Chapter 51. Chapter 52. Chapter 53. Chapter 54. Chapter 55. Chapter 56. Chapter 57. Chapter 58. Chapter 60. Chapter 61. Chapter 62. Chapter 63. Chapter 64. Chapter 65. Chapter 66. Chapter 67. Chapter 68. Chapter 69. Chapter 70. Chapter 71. Chapter 72. Chapter 73. Chapter 74. Chapter 75. Chapter 76. Chapter 77. Chapter 78. Chapter 79. Chapter 80. Chapter 81. Chapter 82. Chapter 83. Chapter 84. Chapter 85. Chapter 86. Chapter 87. Chapter 88. Chapter 89. Chapter 90. Chapter 91. Chapter 92. Chapter 93. Chapter 94. Chapter 95. Chapter 96. Chapter 97. Chapter 98. Chapter 99. Chapter 100. Chapter 101. Chapter 102. Chapter 103. Chapter 104. Chapter 105. Chapter 106. Chapter 107. Chapter 108. Chapter 109. Chapter 110. Chapter 111. Chapter 112. Chapter 113. Chapter 114. Chapter 115. Chapter 116. Chapter 117. Chapter 118. Chapter 119. Chapter 120. Chapter 121. Chapter 122. Chapter 123. Chapter 124. Chapter 125. Chapter 126. Chapter 127. Chapter 128. Chapter 129. Chapter 130. Chapter 131. Chapter 132. Chapter 133. Chapter 134. Chapter 135. Epilogue
Moby Dick

Or, The Whale

Herman Melville

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Etymology.
(Supplied by a Late Consumptive Usher to a Grammar School)
The pale Usher—threadbare in coat, heart, body, and brain; I see himnow. He was ever dusting his old lexicons and grammars, with a queerhandkerchief, mockingly embellished with all the gay flags of allthe known nations of the world. He loved to dust his old grammars; itsomehow mildly reminded him of his mortality.
"While you take in hand to school others, and to teach them by whatname a whale–fish is to be called in our tongue leaving out, throughignorance, the letter H, which almost alone maketh the signification ofthe word, you deliver that which is not true." —HACKLUYT
"WHALE…. Sw. and Dan. HVAL. This animal is named from roundness orrolling; for in Dan. HVALT is arched or vaulted." —WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY
"WHALE…. It is more immediately from the Dut. and Ger. WALLEN; A.S.WALW–IAN, to roll, to wallow." —RICHARDSON'S DICTIONARY KETOS, GREEK. CETUS, LATIN. WHOEL, ANGLO–SAXON. HVALT, DANISH. WAL, DUTCH. HWAL, SWEDISH. WHALE, ICELANDIC. WHALE, ENGLISH. BALEINE, FRENCH. BALLENA, SPANISH. PEKEE–NUEE–NUEE, FEGEE. PEHEE–NUEE–NUEE, ERROMANGOAN.
Extracts (Supplied by a Sub-sub-librarian).
It will be seen that this mere painstaking burrower and grub–worm of apoor devil of a Sub–Sub appears to have gone through the long Vaticansand street–stalls of the earth, picking up whatever random allusions towhales he could anyways find in any book whatsoever, sacred orprofane. Therefore you must not, in every case at least, take thehiggledy–piggledy whale statements, however authentic, in theseextracts, for veritable gospel cetology. Far from it. As touching theancient authors generally, as well as the poets here appearing, theseextracts are solely valuable or entertaining, as affording a glancingbird's eye view of what has been promiscuously said, thought, fancied,and sung of Leviathan, by many nations and generations, including ourown.
So fare thee well, poor devil of a Sub–Sub, whose commentator I am. Thoubelongest to that hopeless, sallow tribe which no wine of this worldwill ever warm; and for whom even Pale Sherry would be too rosy–strong;but with whom one sometimes loves to sit, and feel poor–devilish, too;and grow convivial upon tears; and say to them bluntly, with full eyesand empty glasses, and in not altogether unpleasant sadness—Give it up,Sub–Subs! For by how much the more pains ye take to please the world,by so much the more shall ye for ever go thankless! Would that I couldclear out Hampton Court and the Tuileries for ye! But gulp down yourtears and hie aloft to the royal–mast with your hearts; for your friendswho have gone before are clearing out the seven–storied heavens, andmaking refugees of long–pampered Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael, againstyour coming. Here ye strike but splintered hearts together—there, yeshall strike unsplinterable glasses!
Extracts.
"And God created great whales." —GENESIS.
"Leviathan maketh a path to shine after him; One would think the deep tobe hoary." —JOB.
"Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah." —JONAH.
"There go the ships; there is that Leviathan whom thou hast made to playtherein." —PSALMS.
"In that day, the Lord with his sore, and great, and strong sword,shall punish Leviathan the piercing serpent, even Leviathan that crookedserpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea." —ISAIAH
"And what thing soever besides cometh within the chaos of this monster'smouth, be it beast, boat, or stone, down it goes all incontinently thatfoul great swallow of his, and perisheth in the bottomless gulf of hispaunch." —HOLLAND'S PLUTARCH'S MORALS.
"The Indian Sea breedeth the most and the biggest fishes that are: amongwhich the Whales and Whirlpooles called Balaene, take up as much inlength as four acres or arpens of land." —HOLLAND'S PLINY.
"Scarcely had we proceeded two days on the sea, when about sunrise agreat many Whales and other monsters of the sea, appeared. Among theformer, one was of a most monstrous size…. This came towards us,open–mouthed, raising the waves on all sides, and beating the sea beforehim into a foam." —TOOKE'S LUCIAN. "THE TRUE HISTORY."
"He visited this country also with a view of catching horse–whales,which had bones of very great value for their teeth, of which he broughtsome to the king…. The best whales were catched in his own country, ofwhich some were forty–eight, some fifty yards long. He said that he wasone of six who had killed sixty in two days." —OTHER OR OTHER'S VERBALNARRATIVE TAKEN DOWN FROM HIS MOUTH BY KING ALFRED, A.D. 890.
"And whereas all the other things, whether beast or vessel, thatenter into the dreadful gulf of this monster's (whale's) mouth, areimmediately lost and swallowed up, the sea–gudgeon retires into it ingreat security, and there sleeps." —MONTAIGNE. —APOLOGY FOR RAIMONDSEBOND.
"Let us fly, let us fly! Old Nick take me if is not Leviathan describedby the noble prophet Moses in the life of patient Job." —RABELAIS.
"This whale's liver was two cartloads." —STOWE'S ANNALS.
"The great Leviathan that maketh the seas to seethe like boiling pan."—LORD BACON'S VERSION OF THE PSALMS.
"Touching that monstrous bulk of the whale or ork we have receivednothing certain. They grow exceeding fat, insomuch that an incrediblequantity of oil will be extracted out of one whale." —IBID. "HISTORY OFLIFE AND DEATH."
"The sovereignest thing on earth is parmacetti for an inward bruise."—KING HENRY.
"Very like a whale." —HAMLET. "Which to secure, no skill of leach's art Mote him availle, but to returne againe To his wound's worker, that with lowly dart, Dinting his breast, had bred his restless paine, Like as the wounded whale to shore flies thro' the maine." —THE FAERIE QUEEN.
"Immense as whales, the motion of whose vast bodies can in a peacefulcalm trouble the ocean til it boil." —SIR WILLIAM DAVENANT. PREFACE TOGONDIBERT.
"What spermacetti is, men might justly doubt, since the learnedHosmannus in his work of thirty years, saith plainly, Nescio quid sit."—SIR T. BROWNE. OF SPERMA CETI AND THE SPERMA CETI WHALE. VIDE HIS V.E. "Like Spencer's Talus with his modern flail He threatens ruin with his ponderous tail. … Their fixed jav'lins in his side he wears, And on his back a grove of pikes appears." —WALLER'S BATTLE OF THE SUMMER ISLANDS.
"By art is created that great Leviathan, called a Commonwealth orState—(in Latin, Civitas) which is but an artificial man." —OPENINGSENTENCE OF HOBBES'S LEVIATHAN.
"Silly Mansoul swallowed it without chewing, as if it had been a spratin the mouth of a whale." —PILGRIM'S PROGRESS. "That sea beast Leviathan, which God of all his works Created hugest that swim the ocean stream." —PARADISE LOST. ―"There Leviathan, Hugest of living creatures, in the deep Stretched like a promontory sleeps or swims, And seems a moving land; and at his gills Draws in

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