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If I had not ended up with two copies of this book, I would not part with this. One of the great novels of American literature for a reason. Suprisingly easy-to-read in spite of years of complaints from college students. If you read no other book in the English language, read this!
Warning: this is not Moby Dick. It bears little similarity to the Herman Melville masterpiece. It is heavily, insanely, extremely abridged. It could be renamed "Abridged Too Far." It reads like a children's book and retains none of the intent and character of the original. The original is one of the most important philosophical works ever produced by the hand of man. When I received this book and read through parts of it I was so disturbed that such a thing exists that I unceremoniously threw it in the trash so that no other person could end up with that book in their hands and end up thinking that it in any way represents Moby Dick. If you are looking for Moby Dick please be sure to get an adult unabridged version.
Because this is such a well known classic I tried reading it several times. The author seems to be more interested in explaining how the whaling industry worked back then than progressing with the story. The farthest I have made it is half way... then I switched to something better, like Les Miserables or the Count of Monte Cristo.