Why Read Moby-Dick? - Nathaniel Philbrick

Why read Why Read Moby Dick? Philbrick’s slim volume elegantly champions Melville’s tomb, contextualizing, highlighting, occasionally deconstructing, and always cheerleading its subject. It reminds Melville’s fans of Moby Dick’s brilliance and presents the book’s distractors with compelling reasons to recant. Unlike Moby Dick, Philbrick’s book is a quick read. But, like Melville’s novel, Why Read Moby Dick is worth dipping into again and again. Why Read Moby Dick is a companion to Moby Dick, not a replacement; it doesn’t attempt to compete with Melville’s classic. Philbrick is aware of his position as sagacious enabler and he excels at his task. He’s Fedallah to Melville’s Ahab, but with a happier ending.

Why Read Moby-Dick? Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143123972
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

Membership Benefits


 Gift cards can be used online or in-store.

Gift Card