Who is the Captain Ahab known to millions of readers? Didn’t a young
Ahab fall in love, and inhale the beauty of life? What happened to him?
What indescribable loss pierced him? How, when, and why did he become
Given Ahab’s age and the date of the sinking, the backstory to Melville’s
Moby Dick, a work entitled “Ahab, a Love Story,” comes from a timeline that is
real. In this story, Ahab did live; he did love, and he did inhale the beauty of life.
History in this novel is actual. The ships’ names, manifests, and schedules
are authentic. The astrological events, geographies, cultures, places, embedded
stories, imprisonments, structures, battles…all occurred as documented in this
story. While doing the research, I became eerily intrigued by the way in which
everything lined up.
Superimposed upon this backdrop of actual history and true-to-life events,
we meet young Ahab, a fictional character. Yet, by story’s end, one will wonder. . .
Did young Ahab exist? For me, he did and does. So too did, and does, Abbie.
Enjoy & Godspeed! Stephen Melillo