By Herman Melville
Herman Melville's vintage masterpiece tells the tale of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage at the whaleship Pequod, commanded via Captain Ahab. Ishmael quickly learns that Ahab seeks one particular whale, Moby Dick, a white sperm whale of great dimension and ferocity. In a prior stumble upon, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg and Ahab intends to take revenge.
The first line—Call me Ishmael—is some of the most recognized commencing traces in American literature. Moby-Dick is taken into account one of many maximum novels within the English language and has secured Melville's position between America's maximum writers.
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He lived until September, 1861, when he succumbed to that insidious disease which always flatters its victims into the belief that they are growing better up to the close of life. A more honorable man never transacted business. In September, 1861, I was engaged in an employment which required all my attention elsewhere. During the eleven months that I lived in Galena prior to the first call for volunteers, I had been strictly attentive to my business, and had made but few acquaintances other than customers and people engaged in the same line with myself.
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