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Lindsay takes her cup and sets it on a side table, on top of a worn copy of Moby Dick.
Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  arguably the preeminent American novel; Melville’s tale of Ishmael’s observations as Ahab maniacally chases the great white whale (1851)
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Strongly Associated with:   Herman Melville
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This classic American novel is commonly referenced in popular culture in such television shows as Seinfeld or The Simpsons and certainly in more literary works. Because of Captain Ahab’s ill-fated obsession with getting the great white whale at the expense of everything else, one may refer to any person’s unhealthy obsession as their "white whale."

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  • Lindsay takes her cup and sets it on a side table, on top of a worn copy of Moby Dick.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Just as the chapters on whaling in Moby-Dick can be omitted by all but the most punishment-loving readers, so the packing scenes that Morgenstern details here are really best left alone.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Say, did you ever hear the story about Moby Dick?
    Katherine Paterson  --  Bridge to Terabithia
  • Moby-Dick.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s

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  • Or, if he preferred the nineteenth century, this same ox-cart driver could select Moby Dick by Herman Melville or The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Then another guy appeared, much much younger and much much bigger, half a head taller even than Gyuri, Malaysian or Indonesian with a face tattoo and eyepopping diamonds in his ears and a black topknot on the crown of his head that made him look like one of the harpooners from Moby Dick, if one of the harpooners from Moby Dick had happened to be wearing velvet track pants and a peach satin baseball jacket.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I guess I looked like Captain Ahab trapped in the harpoon lines after a trip to the ocean floor with Moby Dick.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Or maybe Moby-Dick.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • Glancing at himself in the mirror, he thought he looked a little like some rough sailor out of Moby Dick.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • How much harder to understand the mind-set behind, say, Moby-Dick.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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  • He was prepared, in his cynicism, to find Moby Dick unreadable—five hundred pages about chasing a whale?—but, as it turned out, it was entertaining.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • STUBB in Moby Dick PROLOGUE First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • In those newspapers short of copy, you saw the reappearance of every gigantic imaginary creature, from "Moby Dick," that dreadful white whale from the High Arctic regions, to the stupendous kraken whose tentacles could entwine a 500–ton craft and drag it into the ocean depths.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Like Captain Ahab hunting Moby Dick, Uncle Press waited for the quig.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • …was a urologist for his urine, a lymphologist for his lymph, an endocrinologist for his endocrines, a psychologist for his psyche, a dermatologist for his derma; there was a pathologist for his pathos, a cystologist for his cysts, and a bald and pedantic cetologist from the zoology department at Harvard who had been shanghaied ruthlessly into the Medical Corps by a faulty anode in an I.B.M. machine and spent his sessions with the dying colonel trying to discuss Moby Dick with him.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • They’d loaded the boat with coolers of food and beer, sunscreen, towels and hats, tubs of ice, and enough fishing gear to hook anything that might happen to cross the stern, including Moby Dick, Orca, and Jaws himself.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • He knew the entire first chapter of Moby-Dick by heart.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Of Moby Dick he had never heard.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Within two minutes, I’d say, I was garbed all in the color of Moby Dick and vanilla ice cream.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • Like in Moby Dick?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Like in Moby Dick?
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Moby-Dick.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • Herman Melville, Moby-Dick Max read the note several times before folding the paper again, careful to keep its original crease.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • I kept Moby Dick on the desk and Whitman in my lap, but even being in English class couldn’t help.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • MOBY DICK; OR THE WHALE by Herman Melville ETYMOLOGY.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Well, there was once this huge white whale named Moby Dick ….
    Katherine Paterson  --  Bridge to Terabithia
  • "Captain Ahab," said Tashtego, "that white whale must be the same that some call Moby Dick."
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "Moby Dick?" shouted Ahab.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Death and devils! men, it is Moby Dick ye have seen—Moby Dick—Moby Dick!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Death and devils! men, it is Moby Dick ye have seen—Moby Dick—Moby Dick!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Death and devils! men, it is Moby Dick ye have seen—Moby Dick—Moby Dick!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Captain Ahab, I have heard of Moby Dick—but it was not Moby Dick that took off thy leg?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Captain Ahab, I have heard of Moby Dick—but it was not Moby Dick that took off thy leg?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "Aye, aye!" shouted the harpooneers and seamen, running closer to the excited old man: "A sharp eye for the white whale; a sharp lance for Moby Dick!"
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Drink, ye harpooneers! drink and swear, ye men that man the deathful whaleboat’s bow—Death to Moby Dick!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • God hunt us all, if we do not hunt Moby Dick to his death!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • And then it was, that suddenly sweeping his sickle-shaped lower jaw beneath him, Moby Dick had reaped away Ahab’s leg, as a mower a blade of grass in the field.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • CHAPTER 41 Moby Dick.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I had English at the end of the day, seventh period, and we were just starting to read Moby Dick, so Dr. Holden was talking quite a lot about fishing in the nineteenth century.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • For the peculiar snow-white brow of Moby Dick, and his snow-white hump, could not but be unmistakable.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • In the short gam that ensued she gave us strong news of Moby Dick.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Whom call you Moby Dick?’
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He struck out through the spray, and, for an instant, was dimly seen through that veil, wildly seeking to remove himself from the eye of Moby Dick.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • But, at some distance, Moby Dick rose again, with some tatters of Radney’s red woollen shirt, caught in the teeth that had destroyed him.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It seemed not a whale; and yet is this Moby Dick? thought Daggoo.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Almost forgetting for the moment all thoughts of Moby Dick, we now gazed at the most wondrous phenomenon which the secret seas have hitherto revealed to mankind.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It was Moby Dick.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It seemed that the Jeroboam had not long left home, when upon speaking a whale-ship, her people were reliably apprised of the existence of Moby Dick, and the havoc he had made.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • One of the wild suggestions referred to, as at last coming to be linked with the White Whale in the minds of the superstitiously inclined, was the unearthly conceit that Moby Dick was ubiquitous; that he had actually been encountered in opposite latitudes at one and the same instant of time.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
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