Call Me Ahab

“[T]he story remains a contest between Moby Dick, the thinking man’s whale, in his ‘pyramidal silence’, and Captain Ahab, the thinking whale’s man. For Melville, as for Chase, malice is the authentic mark of the whale’s intelligence.” Jeremy Harding reviews four recent books that reflect on Melville’s Moby DickCall Me Ahab (London Review of Books)