Review: Moby-Dick or, The Whale

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Moby-Dick or, The Whale
Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Review

Imagine being back in 1851 when Herman Melville published Moby-Dick or, The Whale, previously known as “The Whale.” American was close to civil war. People and classes struggled against everything going on in their lives. No one had answers. It was a constant struggle between the right thing and the wrong thing. And thus was born the giant struggle at the core of this book… it’s not about trying to capture a whale or giant fish. It’s what everything in the book symbolizes. But that’s just the thing — each reader takes something slightly different from the metaphors, allegories and metaphysical challenges being posed throughout the veins of this novel. For me, it was like reading Faust Part I by Goethe. Am I good or evil? And years later, I still have the same thoughts… not so much if am good or evil (Side Note: I’m evil, as most tell me)… but what’s the right thing to do in any situation. There are always choices. Society will always judge you. That’s life. That’s humanity. I’d love to say it’s only 10% but I’m fairly sure over 50% of our population judge when faced with this battle or societal game. It’s a tough book to get through as you have to think about everything being said. You need to stop every few chapters and reflect. Plus, it’s nearly 200 years old, so interpretation and values are much different.

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5 thoughts on “Review: Moby-Dick or, The Whale

    […] James J. Cudney […]

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    BrizzleLass said:
    June 15, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Outstanding piece of fiction.

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    Kristin said:
    June 15, 2017 at 8:56 PM

    I have an exceptional memory so I really can’t figure out why I can’t remember much of this book. Definitely adding to my re-read list 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 15, 2017 at 9:08 PM

      It was very focused on the struggle. Might have been too singularly themed to remember much? Still had a lot to say in it but always seems to be about the whale!


        Kristin said:
        June 15, 2017 at 9:10 PM

        It is hard to say. I will reread and see if it jogs anything.

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