Are you confused about what to read! Let me introduce you with a great book Moby-Dick, a favourite of Steve Jobs.
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is an 1851 novel by American writer Herman Melville. The book is the sailor Ishmael’s narrative of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaling ship Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the giant white sperm whale that on the ship’s previous voyage bit off Ahab’s leg at the knee. Melville began writing Moby-Dick in February 1850, and finished 18 months later, a year longer than he had anticipated. Melville drew on his experience as a common sailor from 1841 to 1844, including several years on whalers, and on wide reading in whaling literature. The white whale is modeled on the notoriously hard-to-catch albino whale Mocha Dick, and the book’s ending is based on the sinking of the whaleship Essex in 1820.
It’s one of the books that inspired Steve Jobs. Another epic story colored Jobs’ outlook in his adolescence: “Moby Dick,” the deeply American novel by Herman Melville.
Isaacson draws a connection between Captain Ahab, who’s one of the most driven and willful characters in literature, and Jobs. Ahab, like Jobs, did lots of his learning from direct experience, rather than relying on institutions.
Bob Dylan recommends this book and says, “Moby Dick is a fascinating book, a book that’s filled with scenes of high drama and dramatic dialogue. The book makes demands on you. The plot is straightforward. The mysterious Captain Ahab – captain of a ship called the Pequod – an egomaniac with a peg leg pursuing his nemesis, the great white whale Moby Dick who took his leg. And he pursues him all the way from the Atlantic around the tip of Africa and into the Indian Ocean. He pursues the whale around both sides of the earth. It’s an abstract goal, nothing concrete or definite. He calls Moby the emperor, sees him as the embodiment of evil. Ahab’s got a wife and child back in Nantucket that he reminisces about now and again. You can anticipate what will happen.”
Also a favourite of Bono, when Jenna Bush Hager nabbed her dad’s old pal Bono for a sit down about books. It comes as no surprise that the U2 frontman loves to read.
The 59-year-old Dubliner’s childhood consisted of Moby Dick and Narnia and many others. “I stole books. I’m probably not allowed to say that,” he laughed.
Jude Law describes his favourite book, “People are always going on about how hard it is. It’s not that hard. I never understand that. What, because he describes rope and types of whales? I love that stuff.”
Kristen Stewart had been asked in a Twilight Interview about the book, “I remember you were reading – I think it was Moby Dick or something at the time. Some mammoth novel. Are you still as voracious a reader as you were?” Kristen replied, “More so. I read more than I used to.”