On June 25, Mayflower Bookshop presents the second lecture in the Great Books series: Herman Melville’s stylistic masterpiece Moby Dick, or, The Whale (1851).

Guest-lecturer, anglicist and literary scholar Wim Tigges takes us on the tragic quest of the monomaniac Captain Ahab, who wants revenge on the white whale that bit off his leg. The young narrator (‘Call me Ishmael’) embarks on the Pequod among a crew symbolising all the nations and persuasions of the world. As the sole survivor of a doomed voyage across all the world’s seas, he learns that man can never win the battle against nature….

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