Moby Dick by Herman Melville

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First published in 1851, Melville's masterpiece is, in Elizabeth Hardwick's words, "the greatest novel in American literature." The saga of Captain Ahab and his monomaniacal pursuit of the white whale remains a peerless adventure story but one full of mythic grandeur, poetic majesty, and symbolic power. Filtered through the consciousness of the novel's narrator, Ishmael, Moby-Dick draws us into a universe full of fascinating characters and stories, from the noble cannibal Queequeg to the natural history of whales, while reaching existential depths that excite debate and contemplation to this day.

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The 4th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 2nd on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  2. - 2nd on For The Love of Books (For The Love of Books)
  3. - 2nd on Biblioteca (Argentina)
  4. - 3rd on The Ideal Library (Book)
  5. - 6th on The 100 Greatest Novels (greatbooksguide.com)
  6. - 6th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  7. - 7th on The Celebrity Reading List (Gardiner Public Library)
  8. - 7th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
  9. - 7th on The 25 Favorite Books of 100 Francophone Writers (Telerama)
  10. - 11th on The Top 10: The Greatest Books of All Time (The Top 10 (Book))
  11. - 18th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  12. - 21st on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
  13. - 34th on 100 Essential Books (Bravo! Magazine)
  14. - 58th on Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books (Harvard Book Store)
  15. - 60th on 100 Best Books (Montana State University)
  16. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)
  17. - The Graphic Canon (Book)
  18. - Recommended Books (Academy of Achievement)
  19. - 50 Books That Changed the World (Open Education Database)
  20. - The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written (Easton Press)
  21. - Select 100 (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
  22. - 100 Best Novels Written in English (The Guardian)
  23. - 50 Books to Read Before You Die (Barnes and Noble)
  24. - The Dream of the Great American Novel (Book)
  25. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  26. - The 80 Books Every Man Should Read (Esquire)
  27. - 50 Greatest Books of All Time (Globe and Mail)
  28. - W. Somerset Maugham’s Ten Greatest Novels of All Time (Great Novelists and Their Novels)
  29. - ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher (Die Zeit)
  30. - 50 Books to (Re-)Read at 50 (nextavenue)
  31. - Books That Changed the World: The 50 Most Influential Books in Human History (Book)
  32. - The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)
  33. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  34. - The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics (Book)
  35. - From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)
  36. - Great Books (The Learning Channel)
  37. - How to Read and Why (Harold Bloom)
  38. - Best Books Ever (bookdepository.com)

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