Review: Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”

by writereaderly

Moby Dick has all the makings of an opera: one-legged obsessed ship captains, near-mythical white whales, picturesque Indian/Inuit/Black people (plus other character roles), the wide blue yonder, countless dramatic monologues, and the destruction of a proud man. I was quite absorbed in the drama of Ahab, The Whale and The Sea, and loved the whaling and maritime lore and law Melville so thoughtfully supplied. The last hundred pages of It’s a Man’s World were pretty tough going (“surely not another monomanic monologue!?”), but I’m glad I finally got this physical book off the To Read pile after its 2+ year stint there. Recommended.

Where it came from: Mexican Opshop
Time & manner of reading: Various reads over three weeks, with two concerted efforts on long-distance trains
Where it went to: KAM
Reminds me of: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad; recommend reading in conjunction with Frederick Busch’s impressive The Night Inspector
Who I’d recommend it to: Someone in need of rollicking melodrama
Also reading: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene; The Reivers by William Faulkner; Working Hot by Mary Fallon

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