Review: Moby Dick

Moby Dick Moby Dick by Herman Melville
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is been by far the most beautiful book I have ever read. No other book has stirred up in me such strong emotions. I believe this is because of the underlying themes Herman Melville hides beneath the surface. Melville wrestles with the "big" questions of life, such as the meaning of life, revenge, madness, and love. Using his characters, especially Captain Ahab, he portrays the struggles of humankind. Good hidden in evil, evil resulting from good. The duality of ideas we think are set in stone. Ahab's struggle against himself is a mirror for the frustrations we all hold. Nearly anyone going through a difficult time can associate himself with the torn, pained, grieved captain of the Pequod.
Though this book can be very dry and long, if one sticks with it, it will certainly pay off. The lessons learned and the ideas suggested from this book are ones that have been troubling mankind since creation. One must just take the time to read through and find the beauty beneath the surface of the stormy seas of trying to wade through this daunting book.

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