Moby-Dick (Bantam Classic reissue) by Herman Melville

By Herman Melville

Essentially the most widely-read and revered books in all American literature, Moby Dick is the saga of Captain Ahab and his unrelenting pursuit of Moby Dick, the nice white whale who maimed him in the course of their final come upon.

A novel mixing high-seas romantic experience, symbolic allegory, and the conflicting beliefs of heroic selection and timeless hatred, Moby Dick can also be respected for its historic debts of the whaling of the 1800's.

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My face was hot with embarrassment. " That's when he made his proposal. I know, Dwight Macdonald said that people who sell out never really had anything to sell, but what did I care? Turned out Dwight was on their payroll from the beginning. Listening to the sound of untold literary tonnage being pulped, I had to admit there were worse things than being co-opted. • • • When I got to my apartment, I dialed Estelle's number and told her she might as well come over. She was at my door in a quarter of an hour, wearing a long gray trench coat with a belt, as heavily made-up as ever.

He looked triumphant. " "Jeepers," I said. My face was hot with embarrassment. " That's when he made his proposal. I know, Dwight Macdonald said that people who sell out never really had anything to sell, but what did I care? Turned out Dwight was on their payroll from the beginning. Listening to the sound of untold literary tonnage being pulped, I had to admit there were worse things than being co-opted. • • • When I got to my apartment, I dialed Estelle's number and told her she might as well come over.

Estelle stared at me for what seemed like a long time. Then she worked her fingers into her hair and started working it free. It was a wig. The eyelashes went next, then she ran a towel under the tap and scrubbed off her makeup. She fished out the stuffed brassiere last of all. The transformation was astonishing. Before me stood a perfectly ordinary-looking man in his early fifties, his dark hair beginning to gray. I began to shake. "You're —you're. . " "Thomas Pynchon," he said in a baritone.

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