Tag: Moby-Dick

'Miss Fisher Mysteries' are bonzer fun in any form

'Miss Fisher Mysteries' are bonzer fun in any form
A good friend recently introduced me to “Miss Fisher Mysteries,” both the books and the TV series. I needed the books for a while before I could follow the TV series properly, because they’re set in Melbourne, Australia, and its environs — and I have little chance to tune my ear for accents to Australian... Read more »

Thoughts after finishing 'Moby-Dick'

Thoughts after finishing 'Moby-Dick'
Whew. I’ve finished reading Herman Melville’s novel, “Moby-Dick,” and survived. It’s been only a few minutes as I start writing this. I’m exhilarated, and not just from being able to add it to my “Books Finished” list for this year. (It’s no. 14, by the way.) The whole book seemed to build up to the last... Read more »

'Moby-Dick' - and why I took 'shore leave'

'Moby-Dick' - and why I took 'shore leave'
Have you ever had books come to your public library “on hold” that you’ve been waiting for? How about great books lent to you by a friend who’s eager for you to try them? Or how about just feeling like you’d like to finish a book for change, not be several hundred pages from each... Read more »
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'Moby-Dick' - It's a coffee pot, Mr. Starbuck

'Moby-Dick' - It's a coffee pot, Mr. Starbuck
As I continue to read “Moby-Dick,” I’ve found references to the sailors’ drinking habits at last. I found the following in Chapter 81, “The Pequod Meets the Virgin” (a German ship): “‘What has he in his hand there?’ cried Starbuck, pointing to something wavingly held by the German. ‘Impossible! — a lamp-feeder!’     “‘Not... Read more »

'Moby-Dick' -- How'd the book get so big?

'Moby-Dick' -- How'd the book get so big?
When he was writing Chapter 63 of “Moby-Dick,” out of 135 chapters, Herman Melville must have had a bad time. Either that, or he didn’t want readers to grow faint. Chapter 63 begins: “Out of the trunk, the branches grow; out of them, the twigs. So, in productive subjects, grow the chapters.” So they do,... Read more »

'Moby-Dick': Ahoy there, Mr. Starbuck!

'Moby-Dick': Ahoy there, Mr. Starbuck!
“There, there, give it to him!” whispered Mr. Starbuck in chapter 58 of “Moby-Dick,” which I read on Monday night. But it wasn’t a cup of coffee that was given to a person — it was a harpoon given to a whale. (Not the whale, but the first up-close whale encountered in the book.) Fifty-eight... Read more »
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'Moby-Dick' and a word worth reviving

'Moby-Dick' and a word worth reviving
I don’t know whether “words worth reviving” will become a category of its own as I continue reading “Moby-Dick.” But I’ve found a word I want to get out and use, so I’ll call it “worth defending” for now, even though it may need some reviving. That word is nappishness. Here’s how Herman Melville uses it... Read more »

Starting an adventure: reading 'Moby-Dick'

Starting an adventure: reading 'Moby-Dick'
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... Read more »