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  1. Ah, Moby Dick is a tremendous book. It’s like a layer cake of metaphor and symbol.
    The edition that I own includes a number of literary papers on the book, written over a number of decades, which I think is a nice bonus.

    The biology is all terrible of course, but that’s to be expected.
    And after having read it twice, I still can’t decide what Melville really thought of whaling.
    What he thought of people however, is pretty plain, IMO.

  2. When you read the novel, there is an entire chapter on the rigging of the ship. You can safely skip that part as it is quite tedious to a non-sailor. I think he threw it in there to show off that he knew rigging.

    • I disagree heartily. All the apparently “non-story” chapters of the book (and there are rather a number of them!) are clearly there by design, and I do not believe that design is to show the reader how much he knows about lines, or boats, or the mass slaughter of whales.

      To skip them is certainly a decision that the reader can take, but it is not what the author intended. They all contribute to the narrative and the myriad points of the novel in their various ways.

  3. Turnshoes? Aw, Agata, those can’t be fun to tromp through the snow in.