- Author: Herman Melville
- Read Aloud Grade Range: 8-a
- Read Alone Grade Range: 9 - Adult
- Binding: pb
- Pages: 720
Called "the Greatest American Novel" by Atlantic Monthly, Moby-Dick is the story of a deranged whaling ship's captain Ahab as he pursues the white whale Moby-Dick.
On that level, the work is an intense, superbly authentic narrative. Its theme and central figure, however, are reminiscent of Job and of Oedipus. The novel's richly symbolic language and tragic hero are indicative of Melville's deeper concerns: the defeats and triumphs of the human spirit and its fusion of creative and murderous urges.