Moby-Dick update 3

I’m overdue telling you this: I finished “Moby-Dick”!

I wrapped it up on Easter weekend. Sorry for the delay; “Hal Linker” got in the way.

The final three chapters follow the last three days of the hunt for the white whale. Read the first on that Saturday, then the final two on that Sunday at Coffee Bean — fitting, since I’d read so much of the novel there. Except it was so hot I got an iced drink to cool down, not my usual, a hot drink to warm up.

A little sobering to note that between when I started the book (Jan. 1) and when I finished (March 23), the seasons had turned.

For the record, the ending did nothing to dissuade me from my opinion that “Moby-Dick” is awesome. In fact it reinforced that feeling.

My plan is to write a column about “Moby” in the near future. In the meantime, let the heavens ring with the news that I’ve completed my quest, a bit more happily than Ahab did.

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  • http://mrontemp.blogspot.com/ Ontario Emperor

    You’re one up on me. I’ve never read the book. And I can’t use the receipt of a long, fascinating historical email as an excuse.

  • DMH

    Congrats to yu….started reading it A LONG time ago…..

    I (out of NO TIME) watched Moby Dick on tv and it was really good in black and white. Thank goodness there is TV for us who work and can’t enjoy the classics.

    DMH

    [Hmm. Is there an implication that I don't work? Hey, I'm a 40-hour-a-week (plus) wage slave too, y'know! Which is one reason it took me three months to read "Moby." Anyway, the '56 movie version will be rented by me soon. Screenplay by Ray Bradbury! -- DA]

  • “Hal Linker”

    Moby Dick was assigned reading for American Literature at my high school way back when I was a Junior. I remember writing a term paper on its symbolism and the biblical names of the characters.

    I might want to pick it up again since I’m no longer 16 with a gun to my head being forced to read it. Seemed a chore back then under the circumstances. Billy Budd was his other famous book, right?

    They made some pretty decent movies of them as well.

    And then there’s the late John Bonham’s drum solo.

    [I hope to read Melville's (much shorter) Billy Budd soon. It blows my mind that any high schooler would be assigned a book as sprawling and complex as Moby Dick. -- DA]

  • “Hal Linker”

    I was in an a special program in high school. Perhaps that’s why. I was also assigned Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom, which although not as lengthy, was a hell of a difficult read for a 16 year old.

    I did a term paper on that one too, in which I tried to psychoanalyze the three different narrators of the story of Thomas Sutpen.

    That was a bear. I never want to revisit that book. Faulkner had some sentences that would go on for three pages in small print!!!

    [A couple of Faulkner short stories in college were so difficult they put me off reading any of his novels. Then again, if Oprah's Book Club can do it, an English major like me ought to be able to... DA]

  • “Hal Linker”

    I also read Faulkner’s posthumous “The Reivers” when I was a kid. My mom and dad were in Book-Of-The Month Club and they selected it. The movie came out a few years later. I enjoyed them both. Books and movies are two very different experiences, however.

    The movie had Steve McQueen, Rupert Crosse, Mitch Vogel and the scrumptuous Sharon Farrell, playing the prostitute with the heart of gold. Will Geer was in it too. I seem to remember that movie hitting the theaters around the same time as Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid. Maybe a bit later.

    Congrats on conquering Moby Dick, give Ishmael my regards.

    Next time you read it, play Mountain’s “Nantucket Sleighride,” the song from the album of the same name. It’s fitting background.