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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville
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May 02, 10

Read from March 14 to May 01, 2010, read count: 1.2

Like the long sea voyage we are all on, the book has frustratingly tedious passages. These experiences, however, are more than compensated by rollicking humor at times and the occasional inspired observation of the existential challenges of being alive. The use of language is so sophisticated, I felt inspired almost every time I sat down to read. But, on the other hand, the reading sessions could not be undertaken lightly!

Layers of meaning and metaphor so tangled and deep, the book can offer anyone with time to spend on it an opportunity to peel another layer of meaning off and feel smart about their own insights. Also, this book reminds you that the novel is a unique art-form. No short story, movie, painting, etc. can accomplish what a novel of this scope and vision can do. Thanks, Melville - I'll be chewing on this one for a while...
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message 1: by E.ku (new)

E.ku i loved moby dick. amazingly i read a good deal of it on the T. unfortunately, it says volumes about how random the boston public transit system is . . .


message 2: by Ed (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ed Definitely one of the best books I've read and one of my favorites, too.


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