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Moby Dick Book Review

Hey Sparkles! Happy Friday! For today’s Family Friday post, I am writing about the book I recently read, an American classic, Moby Dick.

This book (I read the abridged version) was not very interesting to me. Maybe it is just because I don’t like to read about animals being killed. The descriptions of how the whalers in the book kill the whales using harpoons and then skin it to get the blubber and precious oil out were pretty freaky. I don’t have a stomach to read about killing animals.

However, the characters were very interesting. The narrator’s name is Ishmael, and he begins the book with the famous words ”call me Ishmael.” Ishmael knows nothing about whaling prior to his adventure, just goes to learn a new skill. The first shipmate Ishmael meets is a South Sea native named Queequeg, who is tattooed all over and is a good friend to Ishmael, as well as an excellent harpooner.

The other shipmates are as follows: Peleg, Captain Bildad, Captain Ahab (revenge-minded; hates Moby Dick), Starbuck (chief mate on the Pequod), Stubb (second mate), Flask (third mate), Tashtego (Stubb’s harpooner), Daggoo (Flask’s harpooner), and Fedallah (a mysterious man with a small band of nameless crewman; Captain Ahab’s harpooner and advisor.)

Captain Ahab is basically a madman, so consumed by his desire for revenge he is willing to fight a killer whale singlehandedly. He never takes into account safety, even sailing through a typhoon once just to catch the white whale.

Eventually, Fedallah’s predictions of Captain Ahab’s death circumstances come true, and the only survivor from the Pequod is Ishmael.

Well, that’s all for today, Sparkles. If you want to buy a copy of Moby Dick, just for the sake of having read it, you can buy it here. Be sure to register for Setting the Stage Summer Camp here. How did you like this post? Do you have any other books you would like me to review? Tell me in the comments below. Thanks for reading, and Sparkles away!

One Response so far.

  1. Phyllis Peavey says:

    I haven’t read Moby Dick. After reading your excellent review I don’t think I’ll ever read it. It just didn’t seem interesting to me. But is is considered a classic so I’m glad you read it.

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