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 super measurement 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 essentially the most well-known establishing strains 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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