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Feb 07, 2012 05:25AM

54797 One last thing before I skedaddle off this board, you mods did a wonderful job of making this a fun discussion. I didn't start until late, but loved every minute of it. Actually, every member added excellent insight and comments. See you all around, and hopefully some of you will want to join in the DQ discussion next January. :-)
Feb 07, 2012 05:22AM

54797 Kitty wrote: "Yeah he might eat us."

Feb 06, 2012 02:23PM

54797 Kitty wrote: "Let's all go to Starbucks to celebrate. LOL"

Haha See you there, Kitty. I hope we don't see Starbuck though, know what I mean? haha
Feb 05, 2012 04:07PM

54797 Well, its looking good for Don Quixote.;-) I'd like to start it January 1st next year, but will let you all know. :-) (I have some fun ideas to keep us on track. However, from what everyone is saying, it may not be hard to stay on track after all.)
Feb 04, 2012 02:04PM

54797 Sue, I'm considering a Don Quixote group for next year.
Jan 28, 2012 05:35AM

54797 Aye, aye, Captain S., I surely did.
Jan 25, 2012 01:49PM

54797 All I can say is that was a whale of a book! :-)
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Jan 25, 2012 05:54AM

54797 Thanks for sharing, Rae. Like Kitty, I love the quote from Melville to Hawthorne.
Jan 25, 2012 05:36AM

54797 I'm done. Woohoo! I agree about Ahab's treatment of the Rachel's captain. I wanted to slap him! Who treats someone like that?
Jan 19, 2012 05:04AM

54797 I'm still enjoying the book, but this group is helping a lot to keep me going through the slower chapters. I admit to relief at finding Queequeg still alive after he had a coffin made for himself. He is my favorite character in the book.
Jan 10, 2012 05:58AM

54797 The Rose Bud chapter was one of the funniest ones in the book IMO. Stubbs gets more face time than Capt Ahab, at least so far.
Jan 06, 2012 04:46AM

54797 He knows how to use his descriptors, metaphors, etc in a natural way. He's not like an author I'm currently reading who writes like she has a quota of metaphors to meet in every chapter. Her writing seem clunky compared to Melville's.
Dec 30, 2011 06:01AM

54797 Debbie wrote: "...or take what you will from this....

Thanks for the link, Debbie. The barb on the harpoon was interesting. I noticed you used the 1828 dictionary, too, which may be closer to the origin of the word.
Dec 29, 2011 07:56AM

54797 So does the expression about something being a "fluke" come from the whale's fluke?

Good questions, S. That would be interesting to find out....

Since I have been reading this book, I've found out there are a lot of people who don't like this book. I would feel in a minority if it weren't for my GR friends on this site!
Dec 28, 2011 05:03AM

54797 I enjoyed chapters 88-89. The Ottoman whale's role and his swimming off alone after he got tired of his harem was an interesting picture.

The Fast Fish and Loose Fish court case in England was interesting. It goes to show how "justice" can be tweaked and a good orator can convince most anyone, IMO.
Dec 28, 2011 04:59AM

54797 Donald wrote: "Yes, it's the thought of the Sharks that really make me cringe, although, according to a TV programs I watched about a Cuban Coral reef, at some times sharks will completely ignore humans even when..."

I wouldn't want to put that to the test! :-)
Dec 22, 2011 04:50AM

54797 What may be the appropriate word here....LOL!
Dec 19, 2011 11:14AM

54797 After reading Bartleby and Benito Cereno last week, I have to say, " Amen!" that Melville is capable of writing a shorter, "better" novel. Both keep ones interest and are much, much more concise without diverging from the story. However, especially after reading your comments, Bill, I'm happy with Moby Dick as it is. Hey, where else could you get a non-fiction account of whaling as well as a story in one volume? Two for the price of one!
Dec 19, 2011 04:32AM

54797 Thanks for sharing, Debbie. Another reason visiting New Zealand is on my bucket list!

bill, I found these last chapters the hardest going so far. However, the two chapters on the whale heads were very interesting and educational never having seen a whale.
Dec 13, 2011 07:39PM

54797 To add to the whale oil discussion....the government purchased large quantities of whale oil for use in lighthouses. It burned brighter than other fuels of the time.
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