Reading Moby Dick

Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 87-98

Well, friends, I haven’t done one of these in a while… I’ve been so busy with launching Trinian that I have neglected my other work! But I’m finally back on track again, and reading regularly. In addition to the book launch, it’s also been difficult to keep reading because the storyline is getting a bit slow right now, and most of the chapters have been about technical things regarding whales. Once in a while, something… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 87-98

Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 82-87

I like to think that I’ve kept an open mind. Through the anatomical inaccuracies of the biology of a whale, the almost maniacal fixation on whaling as relating to every other aspect of life, and even the extreme, chronic, and unremitting diligence to the overuse of descriptive adjectives… yes, through all this, I have stood by Ishmael. I have forgiven, overlooked, and tolerated, even allowed him credibility and believed his ‘well-researched’ claims, but no more!… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 82-87

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

My Journey through Moby Dick

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I have been reading Moby Dick for a good two weeks now – a fortnight, as they say – and I think I shall keep a record of my observations as I make my way through. I would like to have it later to look back on, and I’d like to invite you to join me as, each week, I update this journal on what I’ve read, what I think of it, and what I… Read More »My Journey through Moby Dick