Moby Dick : The Greatest Book Ever Written By Herman Melville

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Herman Melville’s legendary novel, Moby-Dick, is arguably the greatest book ever written. It epitomizes the darkest humanistic qualities on the grandest of scales, depicting a captain’s obsession with revenge. Ultimately, vengeance becomes the captain’s undoing – but what was the inspiration behind such a poignant tale?

That, in and of itself, is a story worth telling…

From Academy Award winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) comes In the Heart of the Sea, which stars Chris Hemsworth as Owen Chase. After his last mission, Chase was promised a captaincy, however, politics gives the prominent position to the well-connected George Pollard, Jr. (Benjamin Walker). And, despite his reluctance, Chase agrees to be Pollard’s first officer, aboard the Essex – which sets out to collect a thousand barrels of whale oil.

Reliving the events is an elder seaman, Thomas Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson) – who is paid by a novelist, Herman Melville (Ben Whishaw), for his reluctant story. As a boy, Thomas (Tom Holland), recounts the strained relationship between Chase and Captain Pollard, although both men agree to carry out their mission – in spite of a damaging encounter from a storm.

In the meantime, whales are becoming more and more elusive – but when the crew is given vital information about where they can be found in mass quantities, they set sail (thousands of miles from home). However, a massive white whale is more than the crew can combat – ultimately leading to the…

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