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Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment by Jed McKenna
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Jan 03, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: spirituality
Read in November, 2007

Woohoo, could it get any better than this??? Truly an American original, and the most fascinating part is the central theme of the book, being that Moby Dick is an account of Herman Melville's own spiritual journey, which is completely to the point. I read it almost with a sigh of relief. It chimes in closely with my own sense that there was more to Moby Dick than meets the eye. I've read that book probably twice as a young man, and I always thought I should re-read when I grew up... Well, that time may have come - thanks Mr. McKenna, and thanks also for saving me from reading a few books with drairy literary theory about Moby Dick, which undoubtedly all misses the point.

There is no doubt in my mind that McKenna is right-on, seeing Ahab as the ego, and Ishmael as the observer, which lives to tell the tale. Quite astounding really.
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