Throwback Thursday – this is a weekly event hosted by Jenny. It is the time each week to recognize those older books… an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love; maybe one from your childhood; or review an older book — how about even a classic! Leave a comment here or if you have a blog pls. leave your link….

My throwback this week is:

MOBY DICK by Herman Melville

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On its surface, Moby-Dick is a vivid documentary of life aboard a nineteenth-century whaler, a virtual encyclopedia of whales and whaling, replete with facts, legends, and trivia that Melville had gleaned from personal experience and scores of sources. But as the quest for the whale becomes increasingly perilous, the tale works on allegorical levels, likening the whale to human greed, moral consequence, good, evil, and life itself. Who is good? The great white whale who, like Nature, asks nothing but to be left in peace? Or the bold Ahab who, like scientists, explorers, and philosophers, fearlessly probes the mysteries of the universe? Who is evil? The ferocious, man-killing sea monster? Or the revenge-obsessed madman who ignores his own better nature in his quest to kill the beast?

Why I like the book?

Moby-Dick is arguably one of the best written novels in American literature. Similar to Mark Twain and James Fenimore Cooper, Herman Melville entwines the characters and the plot in such a way that one can’t help feeling like you’re actually there. Captain Ahab is the epitome of American literature. Like Odysseus for the ancient Greeks and King Arthur for the English, Ahab encompasses the culture of America in a thought-provoking character who is oblivious to the danger surrounding him and his men in the search for vengeance and self-fulfillment. With such an original story and a wonderful cast of characters, Moby-Dick is a true classic.