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It was an obsession that would destroy them all... On a cold December night, a young man called Ishmael rents a room at an inn in Massachusetts. He has come from Manhattan to the north-east of America to sign up for a whaling expedition. Later that same night, as Ishmael is sleeping, a heavily tattooed man wielding a blade enters his room. This chance meeting is just the s It was an obsession that would destroy them all... On a cold December night, a young man called Ishmael rents a room at an inn in Massachusetts. He has come from Manhattan to the north-east of America to sign up for a whaling expedition. Later that same night, as Ishmael is sleeping, a heavily tattooed man wielding a blade enters his room. This chance meeting is just the start of what will become the greatest adventure of his life. The next day, Ishmael joins the crew of a ship known as the Pequod. He is approached by a man dressed in rags who warns him that, if he sails under the command of Captain Ahab, he may never come back. Undaunted, Ishmael returns early the next morning and leaves for the high seas. For the crew of the Pequod, their voyage is one of monetary gain. For Captain Ahab, however, it is a mission driven by hatred, revenge, and his growing obsession with the greatest creature of the sea.


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It was an obsession that would destroy them all... On a cold December night, a young man called Ishmael rents a room at an inn in Massachusetts. He has come from Manhattan to the north-east of America to sign up for a whaling expedition. Later that same night, as Ishmael is sleeping, a heavily tattooed man wielding a blade enters his room. This chance meeting is just the s It was an obsession that would destroy them all... On a cold December night, a young man called Ishmael rents a room at an inn in Massachusetts. He has come from Manhattan to the north-east of America to sign up for a whaling expedition. Later that same night, as Ishmael is sleeping, a heavily tattooed man wielding a blade enters his room. This chance meeting is just the start of what will become the greatest adventure of his life. The next day, Ishmael joins the crew of a ship known as the Pequod. He is approached by a man dressed in rags who warns him that, if he sails under the command of Captain Ahab, he may never come back. Undaunted, Ishmael returns early the next morning and leaves for the high seas. For the crew of the Pequod, their voyage is one of monetary gain. For Captain Ahab, however, it is a mission driven by hatred, revenge, and his growing obsession with the greatest creature of the sea.

30 review for Moby Dick (Campfire Graphic Novels)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jon M

    I really enjoyed this book, and you should read it. I didn't think it deserved 5 stars because of the ending. And if you don't mind, I'll completely spoil it for you. --------------------------SPOILER---------------------------------------- The captain, Captain Ahab, of the ship, The Pequod, wanted revenge, desperately, on the whale, Moby Dick, for taking his leg years ago. After years of searching he finally finds Moby Dick and goes out to kill it in a row-boat. The whale goes under the ship, and I really enjoyed this book, and you should read it. I didn't think it deserved 5 stars because of the ending. And if you don't mind, I'll completely spoil it for you. --------------------------SPOILER---------------------------------------- The captain, Captain Ahab, of the ship, The Pequod, wanted revenge, desperately, on the whale, Moby Dick, for taking his leg years ago. After years of searching he finally finds Moby Dick and goes out to kill it in a row-boat. The whale goes under the ship, and when it comes back up, it completely destroys the whole Pequod. The captain throws the harpoon and it hits the whale, BUT, the rope on the end of it catches his throat and it drags him to the whale, suffocating him. The end.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    I like to consider this book Jaws except with a lot more blubber. If I can't even get through the abridged graphic novel of Moby Dick, God help me if I ever have the pleasure of being forced to read this. I like to consider this book Jaws except with a lot more blubber. If I can't even get through the abridged graphic novel of Moby Dick, God help me if I ever have the pleasure of being forced to read this.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Giovanni Gelati

    I was a little bit perplexed and shocked to have seen that this graphic novel had gotten 126,000 ratings on Goodreads. I mean, I enjoyed it, but that would make this one heck of a popular graphic novel. What I came to discover though was that this was not just a rating for the graphic novel but also the book itself. I am sticking to the graphic novel, I enjoyed that much more. If you have read any of my previous posts on the Campfire graphic novels (if you haven’t, please feel free to browse the I was a little bit perplexed and shocked to have seen that this graphic novel had gotten 126,000 ratings on Goodreads. I mean, I enjoyed it, but that would make this one heck of a popular graphic novel. What I came to discover though was that this was not just a rating for the graphic novel but also the book itself. I am sticking to the graphic novel, I enjoyed that much more. If you have read any of my previous posts on the Campfire graphic novels (if you haven’t, please feel free to browse the archives), you will find that I have to not just enjoy but embrace their mission statement; they really stick to it. The graphic novel is nice enough to give in detail a bit about the author of the novel Moby Dick, Herman Melville, and give some interesting facts on his life and times. The artwork is fitting for the times and just right, both inviting and engaging. The dialogue is nice and seems to capture the essence and heart of the story. I am passing this onto my younger children to read so they can enjoy the novel when it is their time to read it. I think it will not only heighten their experience but take it to another level of understanding and appreciation. What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Shelfari, Linkedin & Twitter . Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Amazon Banner on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Gamache

    Stahlberg, L., Kumar, S. L., & Melville, H. (2011). Moby Dick. New Dehli, India: Campfire. Target Audience: Ages 8+ Ishmael has made a decision, he will sail in order to see the world, the “watery parts” that is. Not before long he meets Queequeg, a savage turned whale hunter, who decides to take Ishmael under his wing as they go on an unintentional adventure among the crew of the Pequod. Captain Ahab has different plans than just regular whale hunting much to the chagrin of his crew. He wishes to Stahlberg, L., Kumar, S. L., & Melville, H. (2011). Moby Dick. New Dehli, India: Campfire. Target Audience: Ages 8+ Ishmael has made a decision, he will sail in order to see the world, the “watery parts” that is. Not before long he meets Queequeg, a savage turned whale hunter, who decides to take Ishmael under his wing as they go on an unintentional adventure among the crew of the Pequod. Captain Ahab has different plans than just regular whale hunting much to the chagrin of his crew. He wishes to catch the king of whales, Moby Dick, but whether this is for the financial gain of the crew or to take care of a personal vendetta is hard to tell, though most can assume. Moby Dick may not have a surprising ending but it’s a story most cannot put down. Campfire Classics graphic novel Moby Dick is an adaptation of Herman Melville critically acclaimed 1851 novel The Whale. Lance Stahlberg and illustrator Lalit Kumar Singh take a 544 page novel and turn it into an 84 page graphic novel that uses stunning comic style imagery and few words to tell the same compelling story. Stahlberg and Singh have created a shorter version of an otherwise daunting read and turned it into something young adults and adults can easily enjoy. While I have never personally read Melville’s novel this shortened version made it possible for me to learn what all the hype was about and to decide if I was ready to pick up the original. I am not; I still do not have a desire to read the classic.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kay Mcgriff

    First, a confession. I tried to read the original Moby Dick by Herman Melville, but gave up about 1/3 of the way into it. I simply couldn't take any more of the overblown description. I stopped just after meeting Captain Ahab and deciding he was completely nuts. I still am not a fan of the story (seriously, who decided this one gets classics status?), but at least I could get through the graphic novel adaptation and learn what happened to the crazy Captain, Queehog, and our fearless narrator. Th First, a confession. I tried to read the original Moby Dick by Herman Melville, but gave up about 1/3 of the way into it. I simply couldn't take any more of the overblown description. I stopped just after meeting Captain Ahab and deciding he was completely nuts. I still am not a fan of the story (seriously, who decided this one gets classics status?), but at least I could get through the graphic novel adaptation and learn what happened to the crazy Captain, Queehog, and our fearless narrator. The color illustrations enlivened the story, and the dialogue captured just enough feel of the writing to bring back nightmares. Hey, can I say I've read Moby Dick now?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mari Anne

    Brilliant! A long and virtually unreadable (at least by me) classic, condensed into a beautifully and brilliantly illustrated graphic novel. The FIRST time I have ever finished Moby Dick! I am definiteley going to be picking up more of these Campfire Classics! Got this one at the Dundee Book Fair! Yeah Book Fair!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aj

    This book was really good in my opinion. I put this book in historical genre. This book is about this character named Ishmael who wants to go whaling and finds a job on captain Ahab's ship. On Ahab's ship Ishmael meets new people and goes on a journey to find the whale they call Moby Dick. When they find the whale Capitan Ahab yells "their she blows" and then the hunt begins to get the whale. This book was really good in my opinion. I put this book in historical genre. This book is about this character named Ishmael who wants to go whaling and finds a job on captain Ahab's ship. On Ahab's ship Ishmael meets new people and goes on a journey to find the whale they call Moby Dick. When they find the whale Capitan Ahab yells "their she blows" and then the hunt begins to get the whale.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mike Raymond

    This book is pretty much like the regular Moby Dick book with the same story line except in the form of a comic. Personally I thought it was a pretty good book but sometimes hard to read because not all of the characters spoke clear English. If you liked the original book than you would probably like this as well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Mangler

    I have to admit that I've never read the original Moby Dick, though I know the basics of the story. I've always meant to read it, and maybe someday I will. When I saw a student reading this, I thought of this as a way of dipping my toe in the water. I enjoyed the story, though I think it could have been a bit longer. This version was intriguing enough to make me want to read the original. I have to admit that I've never read the original Moby Dick, though I know the basics of the story. I've always meant to read it, and maybe someday I will. When I saw a student reading this, I thought of this as a way of dipping my toe in the water. I enjoyed the story, though I think it could have been a bit longer. This version was intriguing enough to make me want to read the original.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Hollo

    Interesting adaptation, made a compelling comic book. But knowing the orginal story well, I think it cut out too much to really care about the characters, or make effective drama. Good intro from young readers I guess?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nidhi Srivastava

    Haven't read the original so can't really say anything about this. Art is amazing though. Haven't read the original so can't really say anything about this. Art is amazing though.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    When I saw the novel Moby Dick and started to read it, I was like, "NAH!" That is way too wordy and the language is arcane. But I'd read In the Heart of the Sea and have been intrigued by the story since. Because Melville actually traveled back to where the whale was with the captain, I really wanted to read Moby Dick. It was just sooo much. This graphic novel has been on my TBR list for a while, and I finally sat down to read it. It is quick and easy to read. It's better if you know some of the When I saw the novel Moby Dick and started to read it, I was like, "NAH!" That is way too wordy and the language is arcane. But I'd read In the Heart of the Sea and have been intrigued by the story since. Because Melville actually traveled back to where the whale was with the captain, I really wanted to read Moby Dick. It was just sooo much. This graphic novel has been on my TBR list for a while, and I finally sat down to read it. It is quick and easy to read. It's better if you know some of the whaling terms and how things worked back then, which I do from the other book and some research. I recommend this as a first step to anyone who has to read the original novel just so you know what it's about.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Sheetz

    The tale of Ishmael, Queequeg and Captain Ahab on the sea with their emotions and sea creatures. This classic tale is told in cartoon style with short captions and speaking bubbles. A graphic novel is a great way to make a story more accessible to struggling readers. This is adapted well by Lance Stahlberg. The only concerns are some of the harmful prejudices and stereotypes of the time of the author are preserved in the graphic novel, for example, Queequeg is referred to as a savage. This would The tale of Ishmael, Queequeg and Captain Ahab on the sea with their emotions and sea creatures. This classic tale is told in cartoon style with short captions and speaking bubbles. A graphic novel is a great way to make a story more accessible to struggling readers. This is adapted well by Lance Stahlberg. The only concerns are some of the harmful prejudices and stereotypes of the time of the author are preserved in the graphic novel, for example, Queequeg is referred to as a savage. This would be an appropriate book for a classroom library if discussion could happen around the terms used.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alpi

    Now I finally know about favorite book of Fone Bone.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Angela White

    I guess that I shouldn't be surprised by the ending, but I still am! I've never read the actual novel, so I'm grateful for this version of the story. I guess that I shouldn't be surprised by the ending, but I still am! I've never read the actual novel, so I'm grateful for this version of the story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I have yet to read the novel form of Moby Dick, but I enjoy reading the graphic novel because it gave me a shortened sense of the story and made me what to read the extended novel version now that I know what the story is about. Moby Dick is the story about a man named Ishmael who signs up to be a sailor for a whaling adventure. While signing up for his excursion, Ishmael runs into a man named Queequeg who is also looking to be a harpooner on a whaling ship. These men become fast friends and end I have yet to read the novel form of Moby Dick, but I enjoy reading the graphic novel because it gave me a shortened sense of the story and made me what to read the extended novel version now that I know what the story is about. Moby Dick is the story about a man named Ishmael who signs up to be a sailor for a whaling adventure. While signing up for his excursion, Ishmael runs into a man named Queequeg who is also looking to be a harpooner on a whaling ship. These men become fast friends and end up signing up to be on the same ship named the Pequod. Once aboard Ishamel and Queequeg are introduced to the crew, and captain Ahabs. The captain was interested in hunting all types of whales (as this was a whaling ship), but captain Ahabs was searching for one whale in particular named Moby Dick. This was the whale that bit off captain Ahabs leg, leaving him with only one leg. See my full review here --> https://fictiondepictions.wordpress.c...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ethan L

    Ishmael has to find a crew that is fit for hunting a god like whale, Moby Dick. He finds queegueg, Stubb, and Starbuck. Queequeg is very strong and talks in short sentences, he is also very good with a harpoon. Both Stubb and Starbuck help keep the ship together. Shortly before Ishmael leaves to go onto the ship he remembers that he will need a captain. While talking to the owners a captain named Captain Ahab. They also noticed that he had only one leg this is because of the famous Moby Dick. Af Ishmael has to find a crew that is fit for hunting a god like whale, Moby Dick. He finds queegueg, Stubb, and Starbuck. Queequeg is very strong and talks in short sentences, he is also very good with a harpoon. Both Stubb and Starbuck help keep the ship together. Shortly before Ishmael leaves to go onto the ship he remembers that he will need a captain. While talking to the owners a captain named Captain Ahab. They also noticed that he had only one leg this is because of the famous Moby Dick. After they set sail they find a few whales and another ship looking for whales to. The ship started to break down and oil stated to leak. Just before they were going to give up a snow hill like object emerged out of the water...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kiri

    I never did manage to wade through Melville's baroque language and read Moby Dick in its original form. So I was happy to have the chance to pick up this beautiful, short graphic novel version of the story. It is very readable, delightfully illustrated, vivid and full of adventure. Some bits are a little hard to follow because they are visited so quickly and briefly, but overall you can enjoy sampling this story though dramatic images and snappy dialogue and marvel anew at the tragic insanity of I never did manage to wade through Melville's baroque language and read Moby Dick in its original form. So I was happy to have the chance to pick up this beautiful, short graphic novel version of the story. It is very readable, delightfully illustrated, vivid and full of adventure. Some bits are a little hard to follow because they are visited so quickly and briefly, but overall you can enjoy sampling this story though dramatic images and snappy dialogue and marvel anew at the tragic insanity of Captain Ahab.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ronan Drew

    Moby Dick read in one day! Some Indian graphic artists and an adaptor (Lance Stahlberg, Lalit Kumar Singh) have done a rather good job of condensing and illustrating Melville's 1851 novel. The story lends itself to this format, with the scowling Ahab and stove boats. I am not a fan of the graphic novel, but this one passes my test. I liked it. Caveat: not a substitute for reading the real thing, which will take you six weeks to a year. So this little "comic book" has its uses. Moby Dick read in one day! Some Indian graphic artists and an adaptor (Lance Stahlberg, Lalit Kumar Singh) have done a rather good job of condensing and illustrating Melville's 1851 novel. The story lends itself to this format, with the scowling Ahab and stove boats. I am not a fan of the graphic novel, but this one passes my test. I liked it. Caveat: not a substitute for reading the real thing, which will take you six weeks to a year. So this little "comic book" has its uses.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lance

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This graphic novel interpretation of the classic Moby Dick is the perfect piece to use in order to give students enough understanding of the novel to understand its allusions and references elsewhere. The art was decent and, much of the text was kept more or less original. If students love this, maybe they would pick up the heavy novel themselves. Turning this into a comic is a great way to bridge all the vast divides that would otherwise be present if attempting to teach this novel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jake Weir

    Moby dick by Lance Stahlberg is an adaptation of the original story. I really liked the art in this book because it was very vibrant. It had a happy set of colors to it using lighter colors. The setting in this book is the Sea as Ahab the captain of the Pequod. They journey across the sea in search of a Sperm Whale. I would recommend this book for people young and old. Whether it's your first or 100th time, this was a very worthy adaptation. Moby dick by Lance Stahlberg is an adaptation of the original story. I really liked the art in this book because it was very vibrant. It had a happy set of colors to it using lighter colors. The setting in this book is the Sea as Ahab the captain of the Pequod. They journey across the sea in search of a Sperm Whale. I would recommend this book for people young and old. Whether it's your first or 100th time, this was a very worthy adaptation.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    This was alright but since I hadn't previously read the original Moby Dick, I didn't already know what was going to happen. Some of the artwork made it difficult to keep track of who was speaking. Also the ending was far to abrupt for my liking especially since the only character I found I cared about, the savage, just disappears towards the end, without a second thought. This was alright but since I hadn't previously read the original Moby Dick, I didn't already know what was going to happen. Some of the artwork made it difficult to keep track of who was speaking. Also the ending was far to abrupt for my liking especially since the only character I found I cared about, the savage, just disappears towards the end, without a second thought.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brayden

    Moby Dick is a classic for a reason. The book is a great story for people you are into adventure and excitement. The book portrays a man being under strict rule of another man who is seeking vengeance. The author did a great job with visualization. He also made the book exciting so you don’t get bored when reading it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Phil Carroll

    Great for younger readers. This is a tough book to shorten into a short graphic novel so the character development suffers a bit. But it's still a cool story. The artwork is a bit juvenile, and may not even be up to a younger reader's par. But overall an enjoyable version of one of my favorite books. Great for younger readers. This is a tough book to shorten into a short graphic novel so the character development suffers a bit. But it's still a cool story. The artwork is a bit juvenile, and may not even be up to a younger reader's par. But overall an enjoyable version of one of my favorite books.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Hamilton

    Genre: Graphic Novel Unique Feature This is an engaging adaptation of the Original Novel, which I would probably would have never read in its original form. Likewise, I believe that this graphic novel will allow many reluctant readers to enjoy a great story that they may not be exposed to if it were not for this book. Grades: Middle School or early High School

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dakota

    I felt that the author knew how to entertain person. The illustrator did okay with the pictures also. It was one of those books that if you have to read a classic, then it would be the one. If you like action and whaling or even boating then you would like this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Lee

    I thought this was a great adaptation of the classic, Moby Dick. I really enjoyed the illustrations. If you have not read Moby Dick, I would recommend reading this because the story is a classic story of a captain with grudge against a giant whale.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ken French

    An excellent graphic novel version of my favorite book of all time. I particularly liked the way Starbuck (the most interesting character, I think) was portrayed.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bibliofiendlm

    Great graphics that do Ahab's obsession justice. A bit too much changed dialogue and Ahab shouldn't look like Abe Lincoln. Great graphics that do Ahab's obsession justice. A bit too much changed dialogue and Ahab shouldn't look like Abe Lincoln.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jordan D

    this was a really good book but i wish it had more pages

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