Call me a reader. I've started reading Herman Melville's 1851 novel, "Moby-Dick." (Call me a stickler; you have before. The hyphen is on the cover.)
It's page 27 in this volume before the famous first sentence of the story itself, "Call me Ishmael," and in the notes, I have picked up on a lot of what happens in the story. But not how it happens.
There's a "Dictionary of Sea Terms" at the back, along with end notes, and there are footnotes on pages, too. But I'm not going to let that intimidate me.
I'm on page 79 and the start of Chapter 10. Each of the nine I've read so far is a small gem, worth reading for itself. The neighbor who was reading this on the bus a while back was onto something -- he was right, it's a good bus book.
My neighbor encouraged me to try it as a bus book because the chapters are short. Without being a spoiler, I can tell you that as Ishmael describes a Sunday morning, Melville uses separate chapters: "Breakfast," "The Street," "The Chapel," "The Pulpit," "The Sermon."
I haven't read anything in about 36 hours, but I checked on the next chapter, and it follows others in being very clear with the transition -- the "after that, I" description.
So I'll keep going -- as some of us say around Chicago Now, there's a post in this, more than once in this case.
At least I know something about one of the characters I (and Ishmael) haven't met yet: Starbuck. I think he and I will get along just fine, and a certain company will be providing reminders to read.
More to come!
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