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Beautiful Dick?

As I now that I have your attention, I am afraid that you are going to be disappointed by what this blog is actually about. I have just finished Herman Melville Moby Dick and I’m left feeling very disappointed. This is one of the many classics that are often banded about as “must be read”. Like Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, it seem to be a manual of facts and figures with a thin storyline to hold it all together. 20,000 leagues is full of technical description of the Nautilius that you nearly drown in technical jargon, Moby Dick had chapter after chapter about whales, classification, speeds, how to flay one etc. I did find 20,000 league better as you had the interesting concept that to have peace you must destroy all weapons of war and this can only do through death and destruction, yet if the was a similar plot device within Moby Dick I missed it completely. I’m not sure it says more about Melville as a writer or me as a reader.

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