Esquire's 80 Books Every Person Should Read (80 books items)
"Like the whale itself, this book's sheer size is scary. And its reputation: the Leviathan of American literature! But crack open the first chapter (no CliffsNotes!) and you may be surprised by how fun it is to listen to the warm, chatty voice of Melville's narrator, Ishmael—and how fascinating it is to spend time in the lost world of Pequod, with its colorful crew: Starbucks, Flask, and, of course, the tattooed harpooner Queequeg, whom Melville describes as "George Washington cannibalistically"