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He Called Me Ishmael

He Called Me Ishmael

An Illustrated Story of Moby Dick and Its Lone Survivor

Herman Melville created a legend, a life philosophy, an epic tale in Moby Dick. Unfortunately, the language of the original story is so digressive and complex, that it is difficult to finish, or even start.

He Called Me Ishmael is an illustrated summary of Moby Dick, using original ideas, themes and focus. It is NOT only a children’s book, or an easy read or the cliff notes version. It is a fully developed story with complex characters and themes.

The story begins as a young man, Ishmael (the lone survivor of Moby Dick and the ship Pequod) chases his dream of being a whale-man on a whaling ship. He soon finds himself at sea with a curious crew of misfits, a best friend cannibal and a maniacal captain (Ahab), who is hell bent and obsessed with revenge on Moby Dick, the great white whale. He soon understands that if he doesn’t maintain an “outside perspective” on the chase, he may end up at the bottom of the sea along with the rest of the crew.

Ishmael’s beautiful bond with an unlikely friend, Queequeg, the cannibal, builds to a crescendo from their first encounter to their last. Watch as Ishmael negotiates his fears and anxieties and leans on his friend for support.

An Original Re-Creation of Moby Dick

This book stays true to Herman Melville’s original story. It is not a substitute for reading Moby Dick, but the average recreational reader is likely to understand more of the story by reading this book, then by attempting to pick up the weighty original.

You can find all of the illustrations and text of this book at and you can certainly preview it before you buy it.

Visually Stunning Illustrations

The illustrations are some of the most awe-inspiring, context capturing and emotional recreations of Moby Dick created.

The language of the book is written in a classic prose from the viewpoint of its narrator, Ishmael, standing on equal ground with the reader. There is nothing proud or arrogant about this telling of Moby Dick. It is an emotional adventure.

Time to Go a Whalin’

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