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Old 02-20-2012, 09:40 AM
 
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I'm reading The Art of Fielding, which got all those incredible reviews in 2011. Did it win the Pulitzer or any other awards? It is really well written.


Anyway, though, it has inspired me to try to read Moby Dick again. I've never successfully read it start to finish.


Does anyone on this Books forum want to read Moby Dick along with me so that we can encourage one another on-line? I'm afraid I'll give up if I don't have people who are also reading and thinking about it, and my local book club ladies said "No possible way!"

So, I'm going to start reading Moby Dick on March 1. Join me! (And if you've already read it, chime in too to share your insights).

(It's making me laugh that I'm kind of girding my loins to read a book! Kind of like preparing for a long trip or work presentation!)
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:29 PM
 
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Sure, I'll read Moby Dick again . How many pages (roughly) do you expect to read a night?
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:32 PM
 
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I've never read Moby Dick but have the book so... I'll try to read along with you (but may not do it very fast or regularly... I don't have much time for books these days, unfortunately! And this one is a big one!)
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:17 AM
 
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Yay for you guys!
I have no idea how much I'll get done a day - my job includes evening events, so some days I only read a couple of pages before I fall asleep at night.
SpringfieldVA, since you've read it before what's your recommendation for splitting it up into discussable sections?
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:12 PM
 
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Yay for you guys!
I have no idea how much I'll get done a day - my job includes evening events, so some days I only read a couple of pages before I fall asleep at night.
SpringfieldVA, since you've read it before what's your recommendation for splitting it up into discussable sections?
I haven't read Moby Dick in close to 35 years! (Believe or not I read it as a 6th grader ). I have a general sense of the story but no recall as to how the book is organized. I'll have to pick up a copy to refresh my memory.
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Oh I have tried several times to get through MOBY DICK...

Good luck..


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I'm reading The Art of Fielding, which got all those incredible reviews in 2011. Did it win the Pulitzer or any other awards? It is really well written.


Anyway, though, it has inspired me to try to read Moby Dick again. I've never successfully read it start to finish.


Does anyone on this Books forum want to read Moby Dick along with me so that we can encourage one another on-line? I'm afraid I'll give up if I don't have people who are also reading and thinking about it, and my local book club ladies said "No possible way!"

So, I'm going to start reading Moby Dick on March 1. Join me! (And if you've already read it, chime in too to share your insights).

(It's making me laugh that I'm kind of girding my loins to read a book! Kind of like preparing for a long trip or work presentation!)
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:52 PM
 
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March 1st, I'll join you! Here's an NPR segment you can listen to interviewing Nathaniel Philbrook, the writer of Why Read Moby-Dick? There's historical context to consider, as well as the language in the book's (frustrating) form, and Melville's personal history.

Melville's father-in-law, a judge, upheld the Fugitive Slave Act that made the North every bit as complicit in slavery as the South. Melville was very close to this issue, giving the whale an allegorical presence. It's nearly impossible for me to comprehend our past as a slave-owning society. I'll turn to the poets for understanding.

I've also considered the book a response to the rather passive, pastoral Transcendentalist movement. Nature roils and unsettles here.

So we have history, moral philosophy, and poetic prose. Sounds fun!
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:43 PM
 
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Yay, Bunjee! Sounds like you may have read it before?

I've been getting deeper into The Art of Fielding and keep thinking there must be a deeper connection to the theme and storyline of Moby Dick - if I only knew what that theme and storyline are! I've never even watched the movie(s) . . .

My local bookstore has a copy of Why Read Moby-Dick, but no copy of the book itself so I had to order one. I've been thinking this would have been the right time to buy an e-reader since the book is so long and probably heavy. We'll see how it goes!
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:53 AM
 
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I picked up a copy of Moby Dick this weekend. The book is around 600 pages long and is divided into 135 chapters. That's a lot of chapters - lol. Some of the chapters are only a page or two long. So, page wise, you could probably read 10+ chapters a night pretty easily.
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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Count me in!

I struggled to read Moby-Dick twice before I let the book take me, and loved it when I became immersed in it's experience. I haven't read it again for over 40 years, but I have had a hankering for a re-read.

I suggest a couple of chapters at a time at most, unless you get engrossed. if you let it, Moby-Dick will put you on the deck of the Pequod, sweating, peeling the blubber off a whale, and fearing God while you watch for the great white monster that is out there, somewhere.

... I have never figured out why the Moby-Dick has a hypen in the name. Maybe I'll catch it this time.
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