Moby Dick


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

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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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