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Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 99-104

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Since I have undertaken to manhandle this Leviathan, it behooves me to approve myself omnisciently exhaustive in the enterprise; not overlooking the minutest seminal germs of his blood, and spinning him out to the uttermost coil of his bowels. Ooooo-kay! In reading that line, I finally understand the long, rambling, un-plotted purpose for ALL THOSE LONG, loooong chapters about the anatomy of the whale! Had the subject of Moby Dick been a mutinous, blood-thirsty minnow,… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 99-104

Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 70-81

I love similes as much as a mere mortal loves a far-off, unattainable goddess! Mostly because they come to me with about as much ease as swimming comes to a rock. Even the above similes were as difficult for me to construct as bread rising without yeast. But similes come as easily and fluently to Herman Melville as they did to Homer. Homer is to the simile as Edison is to the lightbulb, mother is… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 70-81

Moby Dick Journal Chapters 48 – 52

I’ve been rather remiss with my readings this week, and I’ve only gotten through a couple chapters, but they were very exciting, and here’s my recap on them! 🙂 The crew of the Pequod went after their first whale, and in the chase, Ishmael was thrown into the ocean and experienced his first life-threatening episode aboard a whaling ship. He survived, but was discombobulated to learn that his near miss was a common occurrence for… Read More »Moby Dick Journal Chapters 48 – 52