Moby Dick by Herman Melville
If Melville’s epic gave you a thirst for sea water, try these next…
Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch for another epic sea-faring journey (with whales)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe for another classic novel of the American Renaissance
We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen for adventure, family, and the sea
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick for the story of the Essex, the whaleship that inspired Moby Dick
Great thoughts! We’d add two of Melville’s biggest inspirations: The Loss of the Ship Essex, Sunk by a Whale (the firsthand accounts that informed Philbrick’s history) and of course, Paradise Lost (after all, what is Ahab if not Milton’s Satan?).