London: A white sperm whale looms on the background of the Google doodle for October 18 that commemorates the 161st anniversary of the publication of Herman Melville’s landmark novel Moby-Dick.
The focus of today’s Google Doodle is on Herman Melville who is best known for his novel “Moby-Dick”. Herman Melville was born in New York City on the 1st of August 1819 and he died on September 28, 1891.
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is a novel was written by Herman Melville, it was first published in 1851.
Moby-Dick is considered to be one of the Great American Novels and a treasure of world literature. The story of Moby-Dick tells of the adventures of wandering sailor Ishmael, and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab has one purpose on this voyage: to seek out Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab’s boat and bit off his leg, which now drives Ahab to take revenge.
If you would like to read more about the Moby-Dick Novel we highly recommend that you read the article on Herman Melville’s Novel Moby-Dick on Wikipedia. The Wikipedia site have a complete review about Herman Melville and Moby-Dick. The Wikipedia have a complete review of the book, including the important characters in the Novel and Illustrations from the book.
There have also been several movies created about Moby-Dick and as part of celebrating the movie and novel by Herman Melville and the 18th October 2012 Google Doodle we recommend that you view one of these movies.
The Sea Beast (1926) – John Barrymore as Captain Ahab
Moby Dick (1930) – John Barrymore as Captain Ahab
Moby Dick (1956) – Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab
Moby Dick (1978) – Jack Aranson as 13 characters
Moby Dick (1998) – Patrick Stewart as Captain Ahab
Moby Dick (2011) – William Hurt as Captain Ahab