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    Enjoy the read, Tailor. Or in the words of HST —...

    Enjoy the read, Tailor. Or in the words of HST — “Buy the ticket. Take the ride.” I hope you’ll let us know what you think about it along the way.
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    Oh yeah. I can't remember enjoying another...

    Oh yeah. I can't remember enjoying another classic as much as I enjoyed this one. If I had to come up with one standout highlight, I’m not sure I could. I liked the story, the history, the language,...
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    Presently reading Black Cherry Blues, by James...

    Presently reading Black Cherry Blues, by James Lee Burke. In this one Dave Robicheaux leaves Southern Louisiana and travels to Montana to investigate a murder, and also to defend himself against a...
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    Oh hey, Iím in no hurry. One of the great pleasures of reading is that itís a self-paced adventure. I can read for 5 minutes or 5 hours; finish a book in a day or a month. And if I miss something, I...
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    I found this passage. Itís Ismael musing about Stubbís meal:



    I like how Ismael questions almost everything: earlier ďWho is not a slave?Ē and here ďwho is not a cannibal?Ē

    Iím kind of...
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    Hear-Hear Well said, hellsapoppin. I think...

    Hear-Hear

    Well said, hellsapoppin.

    I think I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man. You know, the Jungian thing, sirÖ
    (I ripped that off from Joker in Full Metal Jacket)
    ...
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    Oh I made a lot of highlights in this book. I...

    Oh I made a lot of highlights in this book. I could probably go on discussing it for quite some time. Moby of course has been deeply studied for many years and I’m sure I’m not covering new territory...
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    It’s interesting that Melville uses that word so...

    It’s interesting that Melville uses that word so much. It makes me think it was much more prevalent in his time. I remember being a little uncomfortable reading it because it’s not used that much...
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    ^Nice illustration. Queequeg being Queequeg,...

    ^Nice illustration. Queequeg being Queequeg, what-a-guy!

    Hereís something Iíd like to note about the perspective of the novel. Itís written from a contemporary viewpoint. Melville is writing about...
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    Ah yes, The Monkey Rope. Hey, does OSHA know...

    Ah yes, The Monkey Rope. Hey, does OSHA know about this operation?

    One of the nice things about Moby is the chapters are generally short. This probably falls into the TMI category, but an average...
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    I thought the "voraciousness" of the sharks going...

    I thought the "voraciousness" of the sharks going at Stubb's whale was one of Ishmael's most vivid descriptions:



    Yeech!

    As for Queequeg as "a creature in the transition state neither...
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    ^Nice. Though predestination is not exactly...

    ^Nice.

    Though predestination is not exactly fate, it sure seems like it from a practicing hereticís point of view. Also, I believe the Quakerís doctrinal belief system soundly rejects Calvinism....
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    Queeg and Ahab are fundamentally different. Ahab...

    Queeg and Ahab are fundamentally different. Ahab would never cut and run. He’d rather die. And he did. Queeg made a habit of it, ole yellow stain or something like that. Both were touched, but by...
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    It can’t be a coincidence, but Captain Queeg...

    It can’t be a coincidence, but Captain Queeg bears absolutely no resemblance to Queegueg, or to Ahab for that matter.
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    I gotta keep the soundtrack going. Here's one for...

    I gotta keep the soundtrack going. Here's one for the cosmic vortex in the epilogue:

    The Wheel, Jerry Garcia
    https://youtu.be/5ZK8UmvTocQ?si=FbjsqVdHxyOt4oCy

    One thing that makes Moby a great...
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    Ya know, I had some partially formed thoughts...

    Ya know, I had some partially formed thoughts concerning the epilogue of Moby Dick, and particularly of the whirlpool created by the Pequodís rapid sinking.



    And hereís Ismael, as always,...
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    Ah yeah. The chapter about the Rosebud was one of...

    Ah yeah. The chapter about the Rosebud was one of the comedy chapters. The drinking comment was incidental to the main action, which was all about Stubb and a member of the French crew (the...
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    Shocking. And all this from the nation that...

    Shocking. And all this from the nation that engendered Carrie Nation.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Nation

    Hereís Stubb proving heís a temperance man by turning down a drink with the...
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    Thanks, Hellsapoppin. And Iíll return the compliment. Reading Moby this time has been much enhanced for me by your comments and the comments of my other friends here on the Litnet. Iím still trying...
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    I had a couple of thoughts about ‘crazy’ as I was...

    I had a couple of thoughts about ‘crazy’ as I was reading this book. I know ‘crazy’ and ‘mad’ are slightly different in the way we use them as well as their basic definition, but I’m going to treat...
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    Sounds interesting, but I guess I don't watch...

    Sounds interesting, but I guess I don't watch movies too much anymore. I donít ever seem to have 2 or 3 hours to burn. Even with streaming services where I can hit pause then pick it up a month later...
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    I smell varmint poontang! On the bright side,...

    I smell varmint poontang! On the bright side, having a rat in the barn pretty much cleared the mice out of there.

    I have not read Mutiny on the Bounty, but I have a copy of it around here...
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    Haha. Thanks, guys.

    Also Iíve been trying to figure out how to break it to bounty that my own amateur analysis of this book is ó itís one of the greats. Itís big, itís brash, subtle at times,...
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    So Iíve got this white whale of a rat living in my barn. He chews through feed bags. Poops in the horse trough. He climbed up into the engine of my truck, chewed up a bunch of insulation, made a nest...
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    Hahaha. It’s catching on. Thanks. Methinks...

    Hahaha. It’s catching on.
    Thanks. Methinks Benito Cereno puts Melville firmly in the abolitionist camp.
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