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text 2017-06-22 22:20
Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 600 pages.
Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page - Matt Kish

What does Melville say?

 

"I don’t know how it is, but people like to be private when they are sleeping."

 

With this and the fitting picture by Matt Kish, I wish you a good night!

 

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review 2017-05-07 00:00
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale - Herman Melville,Andrew Delbanco,Tom Quirk Interesting read, but not my favorite story. Terribly long.
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review 2017-04-30 18:24
Run! It's too late after you embark
Moby-Dick - Andrew Delbanco, Tom Quirk,Herman Melville

It's not often lately that I find a read that threatens to leave me clueless as to what I'm reading. I'm not talking content here (I'll get to that later), but sheer language. Between the heavy intertextuallity, the word usage and sentences structure, I found myself having no idea what the last paragraph or three meant, and have to backtrack, more than I liked. I though I was over that shit. Conceit corrected.

 

Next, the characters feel like ghosts. Even the narrator sometimes loses substance, becoming something airlike and almost omniscient. They are Ahab's crew. If you want to get all metaphysical, traits of humanity that are driven by one over-consuming. It goes just as well as you could expect.


Last, the story. The thing itself could be spun in a third of the length without loosing anything from the plot. But, and here is where the ambitious bastard trips you, most of the meaning, theme and depth is stored in the fat. All those hazed-eyes inducing chapters? They actually have a point. Damned all those lit analysis classes, much of an overarching understanding of the novel hinges on the Jonah's sermon and the whiteness chapters.

So, is it worth it? Hell if I know. I powered through the thing, even liked it to some extent, and I'm still unconvinced. There is a certain brilliance in what it attempts. To me, the whole idea (and what it feels like to read it) can be encompassed in one passage in ch16: Ishmael goes to Peleg to ask to go whaling for a "desire to see the world" and Peleg tells him to look across the bow of the docked ship. There is nothing but water, says Ishamel, and Peleg answers that's the world he'll see a whaling. You can read a summary of the book as you can see the sea from the shore.The wisdom of going whaling is seriously challenged after all.

 

But it's not the same.

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text 2017-04-30 02:14
Reading progress update: I've read 625 out of 625 pages.
Moby-Dick - Andrew Delbanco, Tom Quirk,Herman Melville

Done!

 

I'll roll my Dewey's extras (crossing my fingers for something fluffy, easy, cheery or all of the above) and come back to talk about this.

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text 2017-04-29 06:35
Reading progress update: I've read 410 out of 625 pages.
Moby-Dick - Andrew Delbanco, Tom Quirk,Herman Melville

This guy is obsessed with Jonah. For all that he goes into progressive, sometimes almost anarchist, commentary on nationality or religion, he loves dumping sermons and waxing on "scientific" justifications for the dogma on us.

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