The Moby Dick reading event with Reading in Bed begins! For those of you not in the know, Moby Dick by Herman Melville was published in 1851 and is considered one of the Great American Novels. The story is narrated by Ishmael, a sailor seeking adventure on a whaling ship commanded by the mysterious Captain Ahab. The famous premise of the story is Captain Ahab’s raging obsession with finding and killing Moby Dick, a white sperm whale that bit off his leg. Captain Ahab’s need for revenge is so all-consuming, he threatens to take his ship’s crew to the brink of destruction.
I will admit this book was on my dread list because I expected it to be long, wordy and boring. Guess what? Moby Dick is long, wordy and boring! But it’s also an interesting historical account of whaling and 18th century sailor life in those quaint seaside towns I will never be able to afford to visit in the 20th century. It’s an adventure and as a sucker for “the quest”, it lifts this book to another level that makes me think I might just enjoy Ahab’s crazy ride. Stay tuned.
Did you conquer Moby Dick? Did you love it or could you leave it?
P.S. My brother mentioned there is a Moby Dick adaptation starring Patrick Stewart. Must watch!