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Moby-Dick | Herman Melville
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Saknicole
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Introduction by Carl F. Hovde has some great phrasing to consider for this reread. #mobydick #teachersoflitsy

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Therewillbebooks
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The concept is simple, draft a fantasy football team by way of book like equivalents. Our enjoyment from this silly game is infinite and this time we brought in friend of the podcast and author, Sam Ernst. Enjoy, Sam's well thought out selections, listen in amazement at the wonderfully bonkers team Matt puts forth, and judge Peter's selection of Moby Dick as head coach.

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4AHZsIP211yo6o4Y7m1Wsg

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vivastory
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When Melville first began work on Moby-Dick in 1850 several important life events converged to produce his “unconventional medley of narrative forms“ which even sympathetic readers in its day, such as George Eliot's partner George Henry Lewes described as, “a strange, wild, weird book.“ Melville's cumulative time of 4 years at sea, nearly a year & a half of which was spent on a whaling ship, had previously been channeled into works of👇

vivastory documentary narrative, or “a narrative of facts.“ Melville's study of drama, specifically Shakespeare & certainly not least was his friendship with Nathaniel Hawthorne, to whom Moby-Dick is dedicated. Moby-Dick itself begins with the formation of a truly memorable friendship between Ishmael & Queequeg. The whaling industry peaked around the time that MD was published & Melville gives the reader (even 170 years later) a full sense of the scope of 8mo
vivastory the industry & the awe & dangers attendant upon it. So, it was remarkable that Ahab, the willing despot, manipulates the crew of the Pequod through sheer force of rhetoric to join his revenge mission against their own commercial interests. With a cast of unforgettable characters (Queequeg, Stubb, Steelkilt, Ahab, even Starbuck), theatrical set-pieces & much to say about everything, MD is every bit as wild, engaging & memorable as I'd hoped. 8mo
vivastory As Calvino wrote, “Classics are books which, the more we think we know them through hearsay, the more original, unexpected, and innovative we find them when we actually read them.“
(*unconventional medley etc is a term used by critic Daniel Burt)
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LeahBergen Fantastic review! 8mo
vivastory @LeahBergen Thanks! I found it hard not to gush 😂 8mo
MicheleinPhilly Dude, why did you have to go and make me want to read Moby Dick? 8mo
batsy Great review. I have to tackle this sometime. And that Calvino quote is lovely... Is that from his Why Read the Classics? 8mo
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly I found 50-70 pages at a time over the course of a month worked for me 👍 8mo
vivastory @batsy It is! One of my favorite essays of all time. I think you'd be surprised by MD. I will definitely read it again down the road. 8mo
BarbaraBB Excellent review! One day I‘ll read it too 🐋 8mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB Thanks! It's one of the 1001 selections I've been most eager to read 🐳 8mo
Liz_M It is a phenomenal book, isn't it? 🐋 8mo
Liz_M @MicheleinPhilly It can be fun! I recommend reading two chapters at a time - start with a "scholarly" chapter and then read a "story" chapter, so you pause at a point where you want more. 8mo
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly One aspect that immediately jumped out at me is that many of the chapters are fairly short. I think that @liz_m has a good suggestion 8mo
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vivastory
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Well, that took a turn

LeahBergen Is it the Covid? 😆 9mo
vivastory @LeahBergen What was frightening is that they did better at maintaining distance than people are now! 9mo
BarbaraBB Oh no! There you go again! 9mo
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vivastory
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Yes, Moby Dick is a revenge tale. I'd argue it's as much an existential story.

TH3F4LC0N It‘s a whole lot of things actually! 😂 One of the most layered books I think I‘ve read. 9mo
vivastory @TH3F4LC0N It is one of the richest books I've read. I'm taking my time with it to try to absorb it more fully. 9mo
tphil10283 I started on it awhile back but other books grabbed my attention after. I like the language in an abstract way but it‘s a little tedious for me. 9mo
vivastory @tphil10283 I'm reading 75-80 page weekly installments which is working well for me 9mo
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vivastory
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I just finished the famous, or infamous, Cetology 32 chapter. For years now I have heard people talk about what a slog this chapter was, I was expecting a 40+ page dry scholarly account of the anatomy of whales. Not 13 lively, humorous pages of, "the classification of the constituents of chaos.." I have read more boring world building in a Brandon Sanderson novel. ?

merelybookish 😁 that's awesome you're enjoying it so much! 9mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 9mo
Graywacke Cool you‘re enjoying. My geology side loved this chapter…but I remember it was slow. 9mo
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Ruthiella 😂😂😂 9mo
The_Book_Ninja I thought I was alone in being underwhelmed by Sanderson 9mo
Ruthiella @The_Book_Ninja You are not alone! 9mo
The_Book_Ninja @Ruthiella well I read 60 odd pages of Mistborn and that was enough for me. Even if it‘s supposed to be one of those ill-judged, twee YA novels, it was embarrassingly bad (edited) 9mo
Leftcoastzen Well , I used to work at a Maritime museum so I always assumed that I liked it more than most people.😂🐳 9mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I have always been a bit obsessed with the ocean & marine life, so I think that might be part of my fascination with the book, but there is so much to the book! I am consistently surprised by it so far. (edited) 9mo
vivastory @merelybookish I really am! I can tell it is going to be a new favorite 🙌 9mo
Megabooks I‘d probably find this interesting too! I loved it when my vet school classes got silly with animals. 😆 9mo
RidgewayGirl The cetology part is fantastic! 9mo
Addison_Reads Moby Dick is an all-time favorite of mine. I've read it 3 times and each time I fall in love with the writing all over again. 9mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Thank goodness for audiobooks, I don't think I would have made it through this chunkster otherwise. More facts about whales and whaling, than an adventure involving whales. The narrator was good though. 🐋

CoverToCoverGirl Well done! 👏🏻🎉 10mo
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Emilymdxn
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#twofortuesday @TheSpineView

1. I do! I read other things as well but classics are probably the things I‘ve read the most of in my life if I have to estimate.

2. I think I‘ve read a lot of the biggest classics but I‘ve never been able to face down moby dick yet. Maybe one day.

KathyWheeler Moby Dick was a problem for me as well. I spent 40 years avoiding it! A few years ago, someone on Litsy did a buddy read for it, and I finally read it! I actually enjoyed it. It was surprisingly funny in places and the relationship with Queequeg and Ishmael was great. It was boring in places — too much about the process of whaling and about ships — but it was good. (edited) 11mo
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Saknicole
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It‘s Moby-Dick 🐳 season for me. My morning ritual involves reading my chapters and taking notes to discuss with my Honors 11 students. I am enjoying this process more now that it is my second year reading the novel. #teachersoflitsy #transcendentalism #whaling #americanliterature #annotations

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shortsarahrose
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The newest edition for my Moby-Dick themed bathroom: a candle from jdandkateindustries on Etsy! This is the only part of the candle I can show without slapping a spoiler label on this post 😆 🐳

They have non-Moby-Dick bookish candles if you‘re more into Pride & Prejudice or The Great Gatsby. I don‘t know, how could anyone *not* just be thrilled with a book heavy on Old Testament-style sermons and extended discussions of whale anatomy!

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HeatherBookNerd
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This book is several hundred pages about whales. There‘s a little bit about the deranged, obsessive Captain Ahab here and there. Then more whale stuff. (So so so much whale stuff) The infamous Moby Dick gets precious little time on the page. (Sad trombone)

I FINISHED. It was a long, arduous voyage. Melville has his brilliant moments, but it was not really worth the considerable investment of time.

GingerAntics I was just reading some of his poetry and thinking the same thing. Not much of a fan. Sorry Melville. 2y
HeatherBookNerd @GingerAntics I don‘t feel compelled to run out and read more Melville. But I am proud I finished! 2y
GingerAntics @HeatherBookNerd isn‘t that book a chunkster, too?! You definitely should be proud finishing that bad boy. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 You deserve a party. 2y
Reggie I enjoyed the inclusion of the sad trombone in this review! Lol 2y
HeatherBookNerd @Reggie I kept waiting for that damn white whale! 2y
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KathyWheeler
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I‘m truly surprised that I liked this book. I‘ve started it before but never got past the first chapter. Did it drag in parts? Sure. Did Melville go into too much detail about whaling & whaling ships? Absolutely, yes. But the characters & the story were compelling. I feel like whales in general were taking this journey with me. I found this whale in a store & a sperm whale came up into the bay; first time one has ever come up this far. #MobyDickbr

KathyWheeler Update: The whale in the bay had to be euthanized. It was not doing well and was suffering. 😞 2y
SamAnne @KathyWheeler oh so sad. I love whales. And I am enjoying Moby Dick far more than I expected as well. I‘ve read other stories of his over the years but somehow had skipped this classic! 2y
KathyWheeler @SamAnne The only other Melville I‘d ever read was Bartleby the Scrivener (which I loved) and Billy Budd (which I liked.) I was really hoping the team observing the whale would be able to help, but I also knew that he was probably beyond help if he was in water this shallow. 😢 2y
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Butterfinger I hate that the whale had to be euthanized @KathyWheeler 2y
KathyWheeler @Butterfinger Me too. They will be doing a necropsy to find out what was wrong with him. 2y
SassyBookworm @KathyWheeler are you talking about the whale that came up to the bay around Dauphin Island? I read about that one. So sad. My family loves that little island! 2y
Clwojick So glad you enjoyed it! 💙 2y
KathyWheeler @SassyBookworm I read it was more around Montrose — the reporters were up by Fairhope Pier. So it would be up further north and also more east than Dauphin Island. (edited) 2y
KathyWheeler @Clwojick I‘m really glad you did this buddy read. I doubt I‘d have picked this book up again if you hadn‘t. 2y
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KathyWheeler
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Beginning my #FeastMode readathon with more of Moby Dick. Less than 100 pages left now! It‘s hard to believe I‘m going to finish this book after over 40 years of avoiding it. Thanks @Clwojick ! Next up will be Allison Moorer‘s memoir, Blood. She and her sister, Shelby Lynne, grew up around here.

Clwojick I know! I was basically a whole week behind schedule, and then I simply devoured it this morning. I only had 3 chapters left when I got to work. So hard to put down 😬 2y
KathyWheeler @Clwojick it really is difficult to put down! I really was not expecting to like it so much. 2y
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KathyWheeler
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“But by far the most wonderful of all Cetacean relics was the almost complete vast skeleton of an extinct monster, found in the year 1842, on the plantation of Judge Creagh, in Alabama.” This skeleton is in a museum at the University of Alabama. #MobyDickbr

Graywacke Wow. Fantastic trivia. 2y
KathyWheeler @Graywacke I had to look it up because I live in Alabama and because “Basilosaurus” sounds like something a writer might just make up. 2y
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KathyWheeler
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“Other poets have warbled the praises of the soft eye of the antelope, and the lovely plumage of the bird that never alights; less celestial, I celebrate a tail.” I suspect it‘s chapters like this and the one on the whales‘ heads that turn people away from this book. This week, a sperm whale was sighted in the bay. That‘s never happened in all the time I‘ve lived here. What a coincidence that it happened when I‘m reading Moby Dick! #MobyDickbr

Clwojick OH MY GOSH! That‘s too cool! 💙🐋 2y
KathyWheeler @Clwojick I thought so! The story said he looked like he needed some help. I hope he got it; I haven‘t seen a followup story. 2y
KathyWheeler There was a followup story. The whale — the first known stranding in Alabama — is not in good condition and its prognosis is poor. I hope the team taking care of it is able to help. 2y
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Clwojick
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One of my favourite pages from this super detailed pop up book. #MobyDickBR

LiteraryinLawrence This pop up is incredible! 2y
Heideschrampf This looks amazing 2y
kspenmoll Fantastic!!! 2y
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Clwojick
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Dug out my Moby Dick pop-up book today! Figured I‘d share some pictures as we read along in the book. First one is when Ishmael meets Queequeg. 😂

#MobyDickBR

charl08 Wow! 2y
Bklover This is awesome!!!! 2y
TheRiehlDeal That‘s an awesome pop-up book! 2y
Butterfinger So cool. My favorite part so far. 2y
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Clwojick
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Did my nails with a matching theme while I listed to the audiobook. Couldn‘t resist reading a little ahead today. #MobyDickBR

Andrew65 Wow! You already up to chapter 20, I‘m languishing on Chapter 6! Great nails! 2y
emilyrose_x I love your nails! 🐳 I've only got as far as chapter three 🙈 2y
Andrew65 Not the quickest and easiest read is it @emilyrosex 2y
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Clwojick @Andrew65 I‘m really enjoying listening to the audiobook while I read along and highlight the quotes I like. 💙 2y
emilyrose_x @Andrew65 Definitely not! I'm reading it on my Kindle, and I may or may not have given up when it said '27 minutes left in chapter' 🙃 2y
Andrew65 @emilyrosex That was a long chapter! 2y
Andrew65 @Clwojick Not used it yet but I do have an audiobook of it from the library, read by Frank Muller who did a great job of reading The Dark Tower Series 2y
SamAnne Your nails are great! 2y
ShelleyBooksie Love your nails and your bookmark. 2y
mommyincolortv Love your nails! I love nail polish! What color and brand is that? 2y
Clwojick @mommyincolor it‘s a gel nail polish I got in a 40pack on Amazon. I think you can buy them individually on AliExpress too. The brand is Coscelia and it‘s colour 6! 2y
Santie This level of being organised is aspirational! 2y
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CrowCAH
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#IfYouLikeThisMovie #Jaws

Then here‘s another “tail” about a killer beast in the water: Moby-Dick the great white whale! 🐋

Klou Great choice!! 3y
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RayHallucinogen
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Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good. 3/1000 #loa #classics

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Skygoddess1
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I didn‘t make it to 24 hours, but considering I had to work and couldn‘t listen or read for a good portion of my day, I‘m pretty happy with getting in what reading I did. Most of it was spent listening to Moby Dick. I‘m a little over halfway through the 24 hour audiobook. #TeamStoker #scarathlon #24B4Monday #readathon

BeansPage Awesome job sweetheart 60 points! 👏👏👏🧟‍♀️ 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🛳📚🙌🏻 3y
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Reinhart
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The ending in particular blew me away.

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