Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Moby-DickMoby-Dick by Herman Melville

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I won’t miss this one. Also available at iTunes for download and podcasts.

As stated by the Moby Dick Big Read project, Moby-Dick is the great American novel. But it is also the great unread American novel.

This is quite comprehensive, that’s why I decided to join Hayes and some other GR friends in this interesting project which provided a chapter per day from the period of September 15 2012 to January 29 2013. An international body of artwork had accompanied each chapter, a quite huge project which was hosted by Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University. In parallel, I have also read the e-book version of this work.

The Moby-Dick Big Read aims to inspire and reach new readers and is part of the Plymouth International Book Festival, an annual event that celebrates and promotes literature in Plymouth and the South West. This project would not have been possible without the support of Plymouth Marine Institute, Plymouth University and Bath Spa University, as well as the Leverhulme Trust which supported Philip Hoare as Artist-in-residence at the Marine Institute.

Among the narrators, the fabulous actress Tilda Swinton (Chapter 1), Stephen Fry (Chapter 10), David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the UK (Chapter 30), Sir David Attenborough (Chapter 105). We really appreciated their work as well as of the remaining staff for volunteering in this magnificent project.

Some interesting and additional links to this MB’s project:

Patell and Waterman’s History of New York.

Power Moby Dick – The Online Annotation.

Moby-Dick Big Read – Update, Vikk Simmons’ blog: Down the writer’s path.

New Bedford Whaling Museum which also supported this Moby-Dick Marathon 2013.

Moby Dick (1956), the movie directed by John Huston, starring Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab.



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