'Moby Dick' is the grandest conception that has ever been made to see the modern world, our world, as it was, and the future that lay before it. The voyage of the 'Pequod' is the voyage of modern civilisation seeking its destiny.
In 1851 Herman Melville saw more clearly than even Dostoevsky was to see twenty years later in 'The Possessed' what future of the newly industrialised world was going to be. But what Dostoevsky did not see was the creative power of the working people which Melville portrayed in 'Moby Dick'.
C.L.R. James, in this brilliant and original study, contends that Melville's great novel presents the first sustained critique in literature of the industrialised world and of the impulse towards totalitarianism, whether of the right or the left. He sees in Captain Ahab, a man obsessed with the pursuit of the great white whale, the forerunner of the totalitarian mind and shows that Melville perceived the forces which were to threaten later civilisation with the same sort of tragic destruction that is so dramatically described in 'Moby Dick'.
In his characteristically readable way, C.L.R James combines the roles of critic, storyteller and populariser to produce a book which can be enjoyed by those who have no familiarity with the works discussed as well as by those who have. His imaginative, shrewd and startlingly clear-sighted exposition becomes itself a visionary social document.
Pages are in very good condition, board is in very good condition, dust jacket is in very good condition with very little wear and tear
Pages have some foxing on the edges