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The Moby-Dick Big Read

By Peninsula Arts

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‘I have written a blasphemous book’, said Melville when his novel was first published in 1851, ‘and I feel as spotless as the lamb’. Deeply subversive, in almost every way imaginable, Moby-Dick is a virtual, alternative bible – and as such, ripe for reinterpretation in this new world of new media. Out of Dominion was born its bastard child – or perhaps its immaculate conception – the Moby-Dick Big Read: an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud, by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown, to be broadcast online, one new chapter each day, in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible. Starting 16 September 2012! For more info please go to:

Customer Reviews

Great idea!

Based on one chapter alone, it seems like this should be required listening for the next five months. A daily dose of Moby Dick; what more could you ask for?

New experience

I was back In time in a classroom with the teacher reading aloud. The language used Is easier to listen to than to read. A good introduction to a classic.

Bob Bowden

An easy way to encourage the timid/ wary to enjoy what for me is one of the greatest books. I say books rather novels as novel would never describe what 'Moby Dick' is. It is sui generis. Enjoy the ecentricities. Cope with occasional tedium. But above all enjoy the language. This is the novel Shakespeare could have written or the committee that translated the King James version. One small complaint. I hope Tilda will not be the only woman. But why the first chapter ? 'Call me Ishmael'. The narrator identiifies himself and sets the tale in motion. Must be a male voice, surely ?

From chapter 37 I have a problem downloading to iTunes ????

The Moby-Dick Big Read
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  • Category: Literature
  • Language: English

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