There are hundreds of differences between the two editions, most slight but some important and illuminating. Just you and I. This book is an editor's nightmare. Lawrence called it "one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world", and "the greatest book of the sea ever written". This is something else. No one will want to read that! The detailed and realistic descriptions of whale hunting and of extracting whale oil, as well as life aboard ship among a culturally diverse crew, are mixed with exploration of class and social status , good and evil, and the existence of God.
Ahab then realizes that the destroyed ship is the hearse made of American wood in Fedallah's prophesy. Biographer Laurie Robertson-Lorant sees epistemology as the book's theme. To Kill a Mockingbird. For other uses, see Moby-Dick disambiguation.
Chapter 20 - All Astir. Read more opinion on CNN. Chapter 90 - Heads or Tails. Characteristic stylistic elements of another kind are the echoes and overtones.
The earliest surviving mention of the composition of what became Moby-Dick   is the final paragraph of the letter Melville wrote to Richard Henry Dana, Jr. Views Read Edit View history. The whale, like our hippie, is a wanderer that is never going to complete a journey. You will still be invited to Thanksgiving dinner. Thirty years of continual writing! Hawthorne: You wouldn't dare! Unlike so many shiftless, layabout sea mammals of his generation, Moby Dick did not go gentle into that good night.