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As google has so kinly reminded me, it is the 161st anniversary of Moby Dick. In honor of this meaningless milepost, I have started the book. I have something like 54 hours of in-flight time over the next week or so to make a good dent in it. Thankfully, project Guttenberg was willing to loan me a copy.

-spookysquid, hoping for an aisle seat
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Skip Chapter 5.

SLL
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I've started that book twice...not going to start it again.
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Skip Chapter 5.

SLL


Which chapter was that? The one about the sermon? I think it may be too late. Still, if you've read the Master and Commander series, you get a sense of how prime that "fish story" factors into a bygone sailor's thought processes. Whether that's accurate or not I don't know.

-spookysquid
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I've started that book twice...not going to start it again.

Quitter. I read slower than my 8 yo. If I can muster up the fortitude, surely a bilge swillin' bubble head can. :)

-spookysquid
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It wasn't the most tedious old book I've ever tried to read (that honor goes to James Fenimore Cooper's "The Deerslayer"). But it was near the top of the list.

--FY
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I've started that book twice...not going to start it again.

Me too.

I've decided I am far too much of a Philistine to read so-called classics if I don't actually like them. I'm willing to slog at non-fiction stuff to understand it, but not willing to slog and not enjoy a work of fiction.

Wessex
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If you'd rather listen, it's available (along with many other classics) here:

https://catalog.librivox.org/search.php?title=moby+dick&...
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love that book, just read it again a few months ago.

what struck me this time was the sly sense of humor and social commentary that Mellville slides into sailors and others conversations.

a progressive thinker, ahead of his time in a big way, but it's easy to miss that, especially if you've only seen the movie versions. In the movies (both the Gregory Peck and Patrick Stewart versions) it's all about Ahab's insane quest, but in the book is an entire subtext of human relations, even aspects of the class struggle.

didn't get that the first few times I read it. maybe that's because I was tripping so much back then, lol.
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what struck me this time was the sly sense of humor and social commentary that Mellville slides into sailors and others conversations.

That's the only part I've enjoyed so far. The long ramblings that are just him showing off his research prior to writing are insanely tedious and I've actually broken my cardinal rule once or twice to skip whole sections.

-spookysquid, not going to finish it by Festivus
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That's the only part I've enjoyed so far. The long ramblings that are just him showing off his research prior to writing are insanely tedious and I've actually broken my cardinal rule once or twice to skip whole sections.

-spookysquid, not going to finish it by Festivus




Actually, I believe those long ramblings were expected of novelists back in those days. I'm not sure why, but the majority of those old books are tediously long. I read the unabridged version of the Count of Monte Cristo and my eyes glazed over in sections. But I waded through it.

I think...perhaps...the audience relished those long long descriptive passages in the same way that we relish those long long car-chase scenes in the Jason Bourne flicks. It was entertainment for them. Remember, they had no TV, no computers.

Hard to imagine, I know.
Brrrrrr.


:)


AM
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Actually, I believe those long ramblings were expected of novelists back in those days. I'm not sure why


a lot if it because they were published as serial
and paid by the word
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and paid by the word

Is that what led to Proust?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwAOc4g3K-g
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and paid by the word

Is that what led to Proust?


dunno about Proust...
but pretty sure about Dickens Tolstoy ConanDoyle Dostoyevsky
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when is Festivus this year?
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when is Festivus this year?

10th of Tevet.

-meshuggasquid
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Actually, I believe those long ramblings were expected of novelists back in those days. I'm not sure why, but the majority of those old books are tediously long. I read the unabridged version of the Count of Monte Cristo and my eyes glazed over in sections. But I waded through it.

I think...perhaps...the audience relished those long long descriptive passages in the same way that we relish those long long car-chase scenes in the Jason Bourne flicks. It was entertainment for them. Remember, they had no TV, no computers.

Hard to imagine, I know.
Brrrrrr.


:)


AM


That sounds horrible! How on earth were you able to survive back then? :D

-spookysquid
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That sounds horrible! How on earth were you able to survive back then? :D

-spookysquid

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LOL!
Who told you my age!!!
Damn.
Can't trust anyone anymore.

AM
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LOL!
Who told you my age!!!
Damn.
Can't trust anyone anymore.

AM


Shoot, AM. Everbody knows you're plenty-nine.

Count Upp
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Shoot, AM. Everbody knows you're plenty-nine.

Count Upp

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Quiet, you!! :)

AM
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when is Festivus this year?

10th of Tevet.

-meshuggasquid




A shlamazel falt oifen ruken un tseklapt zich dem noz.


(A fool falls on his back and bruises his nose).

it's not relevant, but I like it a lot
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