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Both ends of the line are exposed; the lower end terminating in an eye-splice or loop coming up from the bottom against the side of the tub, and hanging over its edge completely disengaged from everything. This arrangement of the lower end is necessary on two accounts. First: In order to facilitate the fastening to it of an additional line from a neighboring boat, in case the stricken whale should sound so deep as to threaten to carry off the entire line originally attached to the harpoo...more
(1) I was in the middle of my "I love Jacques Cousteau!" phase, and this book had a picture of a whale on the cover.
(2) It was on the bookshelf juuuuust above my reach, and so obviously it was good because it was clearly meant to be not for little kids, and that made my little but bloated ego very happy....moreSo, in retrospect, were War and Peace and Le Père Gori
"Oh, trebly hooped and welded hip of power! Oh, high aspiring, rainbowed jet!—that one strivest, this one jettest all in vain! In vain, oh whale, dost though seek intercedings with yon all-quickening sun, that only calls forth life, but gives it not again. Yet dost thou, darker half, rock me with a prouder, if a darker faith. All thy unnamable imminglings float beneath me here; I am buoyed by breaths of once living things, exhaled as air, but water now.A month before this review was written, t ...more
"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."Oops! wrong book! I'm going to leave it there just to be contrary, besides "Call me Ishmael." just doesn't really do it for me, sorry Mr. Melville, you should have named him Slartibartfast.
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|Reading the Classics: Moby-Dick: How much I love this book.||47||468||Nov 07, 2015 02:39PM|
|Metaphors and Symbols in Moby-Dick||3||37||Nov 01, 2015 04:21PM|
|Never too late to...: * October 2015 - Moby Dick by Herman Melville||1||11||Oct 15, 2015 04:06PM|