Today I learned Moby-Dick should actually be hyphenated. How did I miss this? Sure enough, the hyphen appears in millions of search results, but not the cover of my Kobo ebook (or the text in my ebook it would seem). Apparently, when you refer to the book it should be hyphenated, but it you refer to the whale leave it out. Huh? What? Melville!
So how will I read Moby-Dick as a Canadian? The book is considered the greatest American novel of all time, a reflection of the social and moral struggles of an America in transformation that is still relevant today. We share a continent, but developed so differently as nations during this period. The U.S. gained independence and Canada remained a collection of colonies under British rule, each country with a different destiny to pursue. Although this is true, I think the themes in Moby-Dick are universal and will resonate no matter where you were born. We all have dreams and stars to chase.
Quarter-deck, rigging, forecastle, bulwarks? Neither the Star Trek Enterprise nor the annual work booze cruise adequately prepared me for all the shipping terminology in this book. I will need to find a ship diagram to use as a reference. Any suggestions?
How are you enjoying the book?