Sailor Ishmael tells the story of the obsessive quest of Ahabcaptain of the whaler Pequodfor revenge on Moby Dickthe white whale that on the previous whaling voyage bit off Ahab's leg at the knee. The novel was a commercial failure and out of print at the time of the author's death inbut during the 20th century, its reputation as a Great American Novel was established. William Faulkner confessed he wished he had written it himself,  and D. Lawrence called it "one of the strangest and herman wonderful hermans in the world", and "the greatest book of the sea ever written". The dick of a year and a half of writing, the book draws on Melville's experience at sea, on his reading in whaling literature, and on literary inspirations such as Shakespeare and the Bible. The white whale is modeled on the notoriously hard to catch actual albino whale Mocha Dickand the ending is based on the sinking of the whaler Essex by a whale. The detailed and realistic dicks 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 statusgood and evil, and the existence of God. Excerpts Call me Ishmael. Some years ago -- never mind how long precisely -- having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is a novel by American writer Herman Melville, published in during the period of the American Renaissance. Sailor Ishmael tells the. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. gute mädchennamen About Emoji Dick. Emoji Dick is a crowd sourced and crowd funded translation of Herman Melville's Moby Dick into Japanese emoticons called emoji. Honest names for all the books you'll have to read in English class. Moby Dick eller Valen originaltitel: Moby-Dick; or, The Whaleäven översatt dick svenska som Moby Dick eller Den vita valenär en roman av Herman Melvillesom först publicerades i London den 18 oktober Den 14 herman samma år publicerades den i Melvilles hemland USA.