Friday, June 04, 2010

Mobying Along

now re-re-re-reading: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

I have just about given up on having any sort of discussion about Moby Dick whatsoever on this here blog. Normally I would say this is my fault, but it's not as if there was really a discussion happening before I abandoned paused my reading of The Whale anyway.

Now on page 332, I am really in the stretch of what I like to think of as Herman's "Wheeee!" phase, in which he's like, "Whales! Ships! ooooh, a little philosophy thrown in the mix." You've got Queequeg clutching the rope and whale, mates flying through the air, swarming sharks, and all sorts of little tidbits about life on the seas. Plus a crazy cult-like wacko who visits from another ship just long enough to foretell Ahab's doom. Amateur. Ahab's doom is so totally long since foretold.

I think I'm going to be able to read a lot again this weekend. Yay!


Megan said...

Yeah, sorry about that. I'm a loser with motivation issues.

linda said...

Not a loser! I totally abandoned the book for all of May. I just had to cut my losses though - it was getting too complicated with work research and Tajikistan. But, now I'm back, and I started over and am on page 531 and I love love love the Moby! Did you finish?

Megan said...

No, but I haven't completely given up yet. I just may need to re-read a couple chapters to figure out where I left off. They definitely hadn't sailed yet. I think Queequeg was sitting on some guy's face while they were waiting for everyone to show up to set sail. I remember because the past couple of times I was trying to re-start, I kept re-reading that and being endlessly amused by Queequeg sitting on some sleeping guy on the ship and commenting "perry easy kill-e". ha. I have a weird copy, I'm stuck on page 90, but my copy only has 500 pages. So still doable, if I can get back on board. Eventually.