Chapter 1: Loomings, read by Tilda Swinton

Moby Dick Big Read celebrates the 161st anniversary of the publication of Moby Dick. This is an online version of Herman Melville’s masterpiece: each of its chapters read by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown, broadcasted online in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible. Tilda Swinton, Stephen Fry and Simon Callow have all recorded chapters from Moby Dick for you to listen to here.

This book foresaw many of the aspects of the modern world from the abuse of power and belief; of nature and the environment to the overweening ambition and delusion of one man. It deals with art and artifice and stark reality – in an almost existential manner.

Why we like it:
Each chapter can be listened to online or downloaded to mobile devices. The chapters all feature an accompanying artwork from an array of artists such as Turner Prize winner, Mark Wallinger, Linder and Zaha Hadid Architects. With new chapters added daily, your journey to work in the mornings can now be much more enjoyable.

There are also a variety of associated events which you can view here.

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