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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville
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May 24, 2011

it was amazing
Read in May, 2011

wow. after catching up on a few classics earlier this year and being disappointed (i'm looking at you WUTHERING HEIGHTS), MOBY DICK has reminded me that at least SOME canonical works actually deserve it. while there are a couple of "boring" chapters where melville didactically rattles off facts about different whale species or goes through the entire world history of different white animals of import, my overall impression of the novel is perfection. i just can't think of anything (even the boring parts) that i would have done without. this is also a good reminder of why other authors that i love (i.e. moers or sk) will forever be thought of as pop fiction and sit in a different section of the bookstore than this capital l Literature. maybe it's snobby, but sometimes there just IS a difference. the shakesperean soliloquies / monologues of the crew are used in a way that i STILL haven't seen equalled, and while MOBY DICK has received a reputation as a symbolic tome, it's not at all unapproachable (especially after having read dan simmons' 2 monstrous novels, THE TERROR and DROOD). fantastic read and highly recommended. yay america!

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