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Why Read Moby-Dick? by [Nathaniel Philbrick]
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Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the National Book Award; Mayflower, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Valiant Ambition, winner of the George Washington Prize; Bunker Hill, winner of the New England Book Award; Sea of Glory; The Last Stand; Why Read Moby Dick?; Away Off Shore; and Second Wind. --This text refers to the paperback edition.


"Gracefully written [with an] infectious enthusiasm..."--New York Times Book Review

"Exuberant."--Boston Globe

"Brilliant and provocative..."--The New Yorker

"[A] slim, passionate manifesto..."--Chicago Tribune

"A slim, easy-to-read argument on why you should definitely put [Moby-Dick] on your bucket list."--History Wire

"WHY READ MOBY-DICK? reels in a compelling case... short, lucid, intelligent... Philbrick's more like a literary color analyst, helping readers see the novel better while also creating a sense of excitement about it."--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"This slender volume is packed with reasons why you might want to read the whaling classic."
--Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"This slender, pleasant, sincere book by the maritime historian and naval enthusiast is more than a respectable tribute unencumbered by academic prose. Approaching Moby-Dick from outside the academy is refreshing, and Philbrick's enthusiasm is contagious....So put me down for a reading of Moby-Dick in 2012, and count Philbrick's book a success."--The New Republic

"Philbrick does the literary world great service by bringing Moby-Dick back into popular attention and also by his skill in keeping American history fresh and alive."--Aspen Daily News

"Sure to swell the readership of Melville's masterpiece."--Booklist (Starred review)

"In this cogent and passionate polemic for Melville's masterpiece, Philbrick... combines a critical eye and a reader's adoration to make a case for Moby-Dick... Less lit-crit and more readers' guide, this tome will remind fans why they loved the book in the first place, and whet the appetites of trepid potential readers."--Publishers Weekly

"A slim celebration of the elements of a literary masterpiece...Philbrick is an enthusiastic salesman for a sometimes daunting novel."--Kirkus

"So you liked Philbrick's In the Heart of the Sea, which re-created the wreck of the whaleship Essex, inspiration for Herman Melville's Moby-Dick? Then you'll love Philbrick's new book... From a wonderful and knowing writer."--Library Journalt
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0052RERYQ
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Books (20 October 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1201 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 144 pages
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