I was as obsessed and monomaniacal as Captain Ahab, I suppose, but I really just wanted to create the version of Moby Dick that I had imagined and always wanted to see. Historical accuracy and realism bore me. They always have.
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The book is sailor Ishmael 's narrative of the obsessive quest of Ahabcaptain of the whaling ship Pequodfor revenge on Moby Dickthe giant white sperm whale that on the ship's previous voyage bit off Ahab's leg at the knee. A contribution to the literature of the American Renaissancethe work's genre classifications range from late Romantic to early Symbolist. Moby-Dick was published to mixed reviews, was a commercial failure, and was out of print at the time of the author's death in
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And I strongly encourage you to book passage on the Pequod, that fabled whaling ship, while you can. But this opera, with its crystal clear, winningly poetic libretto by Gene Scheer, and its lyrical, fervent, ideally matched music by Jake Heggie, not only captures the pivotal characters in the novel, but illuminates its major themes with impressive emotional directness. And the mysterious tension that hangs over the epic journey is beautifully sustained as Captain Ahab essentially highjacks what should be the hunt for whales whose oil will earn his crew a living, and turns it into the instrument of his personal goal - to exact revenge on the great white whale, the fearsome creature that, on a previous voyage, tore off one of his legs.
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Sascha Morrell does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. This is a novel that announces itself as the tale of a whaling voyage, and expands from there as if to encompass the whole of existence. Its narrator, Ishmael, admits he is overwhelmed:.
It was Oct. Today, because the work is in the public domain, it is easier to read the original than ever before; it can be found online in countless places. Here, get started with the first chapter.
Set init tells the story of Ahab, captain of the ill-fated whaleship Pequodand the crew he commands. Having lost one of his legs to the white whale called Moby Dick, Captain Ahab is obsessed with finding and destroying him at any cost. His Dead Man Walking premiered at the San Francisco Opera in and is among the most successful operas premiered since the death of Benjamin Britten in