Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Moby Dick


  1. Ishmael’s narrative of Captain Ahab’s unwavering need for revenge over Moby Dick, the white sperm whale who destroyed his previous ship and took his leg. It was a commercial failure at the time of its release but has become one of the most venerated books of all time
Key Takeaways
  1. Ishmael – the main character and narrator. Ishmael and Queequeg have a very close and unusual relationship that people in Nantucket find strange and stare at
  2. Captain Ahab – the vengeful ship captain who cannot let go of his grudge against Moby Dick
  3. Queequeg – cannibal friend who is one of the best whale hunters on the Pequod
  4. Pequod – boat where story mainly takes place
  5. Captain Peleg – an owner of the Pequod in charge of staffing the ship. loud and energetic
  6. Captain Bildad – another owner of the Pequod, retired whaler. very hard man who worked his men hard in his days and was very proper
  7. Starbuck – first mate
What I got out of it
  1. A fascinating story with commentary on what life was like on a whaling vessel, good vs evil, class, social status, etc. Can’t say it was my favorite book but I’m glad to have read it

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