The White Whale

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

Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 65-70

Huh. I thought I read a lot more this week…I seem to remember sitting down every day to read from Moby Dick, but it must’ve only been a page or two each day, because I really didn’t get that far! The action has slowed down, and it’s mostly technical descriptions of how to splice up a dead whale.Sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know. For instance, I had no idea that there had… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 65-70

Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 53-64

Over 52% read! I am feeling very accomplished right now!I fell behind in my reading for a little while, and skipped my entry last week altogether because I had read so little that I had nothing new to say. But I’ve gotten over the hump. That 35-50% hump, which seems to be the place that I always stop reading a book, and struggle to pick it up again. By 50% through a book, the turning… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 53-64

Moby Dick Journal – Chapters 22-34

At last, I have seen the fabled captain Ahab, and slowly, over the course of 12 more chapters, I have begun to get a whole sense of his personality. And yet I still feel like I know him very little, mostly because he strikes me as a man of action, and no action has as yet taken place. Right now, he stumps around the deck impatiently, and is taciturn and silent at the dinner table.… Read More »Moby Dick Journal – Chapters 22-34

Moby Dick Journal – Chapters 1-21

Some years ago – never mind how long precisely – having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville Well, I am now more chapters into Moby Dick than the number of chapters that are contained in many books, and have yet to meet the character whom… Read More »Moby Dick Journal – Chapters 1-21