"'Call me Ishmael' is one of the most famous opening lines in all of literature. Intriguing, haunting, suggestive, ambiguous—the narrator does not say that his name is Ishmael. He summons the reader to call him by that name. And in so doing, the narrator invites the reader not merely into a story but an epic, a tale that encompasses life, death, the universe, God, angels, demons, and man caught in the eye of that cosmic hurricane. If you consent to call him Ishmael, you consent to this voyage." ~ from Toby Sumpter's guide
The Canon Classics Worldview Guides provide an aesthetic and thematic Christian perspective on the most definitive and daunting works of Western Literature. The Worldview Guides focus on the big picture (both the good and the bad) without neglecting the details. Each Worldview Guide is a friendly literary coach -- and a treasure map, and a compass, and a key -- to help teachers, parents, and students appreciate, critique, and master the classics.
The bite-size WGs are divided into these ten sections (with some variation due to genre): Introduction, The World Around, About the Author, What Other Notables Said, Setting, Characters, & Argument, Worldview Analysis, Quotables, 21 Significant Questions & Answers, and Further Discussion & Review. A free classics test and answer key are also available online.
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IMPRINT: Canon Classics Literature Series
AUTHOR: Toby Sumpter
PAGE COUNT: 50 pages
ISBN 10: 1-591282-44-6
PUB. DATE: June 27, 2017
Worthy but Brief
Posted by Nathan Smith on Jun 4th 2018
This is a roughly 40-page discussion of Moby Dick. It includes a short biographical sketch of Melville as well as a summary and analysis of the text. The discussion focuses on how Moby Dick is categorized as Romanticism and what Romanticism says about the world - its strengths and (mostly) failures as compared to a biblical view of reality. There are helpful "21 Significant Questions and Answers" of discussion which bring some interesting and worthy points to the table.
The book is brief but helpful especially to a beginner or student. I think it would be helped by a list of recommendations for further reading on Moby Dick itself or Romanticism in general.
The physical book is attractive and well laid-out. Sturdy paper. Effective font. Thick covered paper-back. I don't think it will be here "til the second coming" but should be able to be read and handled any number of times.