There is no way you don’t know about Moby Dick. If you’re interested in books/culture/reading you have heard about it at least once in your life. This is one of those books that most people know about but don’t really know…
That was my case. I have a couple of whale plush toys, my third car (which was white) was called Moby, I have a baby edition of this book… but I had never read it. In school we read some fragments and I had read some more on my own, but I never got the chance to read it entirely. It was my white whale.
It was HARD. The language was definitely a challenge. Midway I decided I needed help and ran to the library to get the audiobook. I read while listening most of the time. But, oh, does it feels amazing…!
Moby-Dick, or The Whale, by Herman Melville was published in 1851. It’s impossible to say that it tells the story of something in particular. Of course, the plot tells the story of Ahab’s never ending quest for the whale Moby-Dick. But this book is so much more. From the bromance of Ishmael and Queequeg (should we call them Queeuael or Ishmaeg?), the minute description of the bloody whaling business (what’s up with Japan trying to revive it!? WTF!?), to the know metaphor of pursuing the unachievable.
I’m incredibly happy (and proud, fuck!) I finally got to read this book. It isn’t a book I’d recommend, though. There are a lot of problematic things with it (lack of female characters, violence, racism…), but I can see why it’s a classic. I’m just glad I could take it off my TBR.
PS. My library version of the audiobook was read by William Hootkins. He was great except when he narrated Ahab. How do you think he spoke? I mean… I know he’s angry, but… ugh… I don’t know… not thaaaat much.