An 1851 novel by American writer Herman Melville. The book is sailor Ishmael's narrative of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaling ship Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the white whale that on the ship's previous voyage bit off Ahab's leg at the knee.
Ishmael was an adventurous sailor. He met Queequeg, a harpooner, at a whalers' inn. They quickly became friends and decided to join forces and go whaling.
Ishmael and Queequeg signed up with a ship called Pequod. Its captain, Ahab was a frightful man. Moby Dick (a whale) had taken off his leg and he was constantly dreaming of revenge.
As they were sailing in the Japan seas, storms started breaking out. Queequeg got seriously ill and ordered to have his coffin made. The storms and the whale kept destroying many ships and Pequod's crew wanted to turn back and return home. But Ahab was determined to find and kill 'the monster'.
Fortunately, Queequeg recovered from his illness. Months later, they managed to spot Moby Dick. For three whole days, they were chasing the white whale in vain. Finally, Moby Dick killed nearly every man on Pequod.
The Pequod sank. Ahab was more desperate and furious than ever. He threw himself into killing the whale, but he drowned before anyone could help him and disappeared into the waves.
Ishmael was the only one who survived by clinging on Queequeg's coffin. He alone escaped to tell this story to you...
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