Sunday, June 1, 2014

A Whale of a Read-Along: Moby Dick



The commenters have spoken!!  I have taken the plunge and signed up for Adam's Whale of a Read-Along event at Roof Beam Reader.  Our goal:  to finish Herman Melville's most famous work, Moby-Dick.  If you're interested in reading more about it, or signing up, here's a link to Adam's post.  

I'm pretty scared, but Adam has created a schedule that sounds pretty manageable, only 15 pages per day, about 20 chapters total per week.  How bad could that be?  And I have not one but TWO audiobook versions checked out from the library.  I'll listen to a little of each and decide which one I prefer.

Anyone else interested?  Or has everyone else finished Moby-Dick already?  Did you love it or hate it?   I'll post updates as the readalong progresses.  Wish me luck!!

7 comments:

  1. Glad you went with Moby Dick in the end - enjoy!

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    1. Yes, I think having like-minded readers really inspired me.

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  2. Yahoo! I'm very glad that you're with us. :)

    I've actually read it once before, as you probably know, and I'm reading it again because the first time, well, I didn't give it the time or respect it deserves (I couldn't - first semester of grad school; the professor gave us ONE WEEK to read it. Ridiculous).

    So, yes, I "loved" it, but I didn't "enjoy" it, because I couldn't. I truly respect the work, though, and I'm so excited to revisit. I'm already quite sunk into it.

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    1. ONE WEEK? That's ridiculous, even for grad school!!

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  3. I will be curious to know if any of the audio versions include the prefatory "Etymology" section. I note it is not on Adam's schedule.

    The first line of Moby-Dick is definitely not "Call me Ishmael."

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    1. I noticed that -- I was looking at it online the other day via Project Gutenberg. I'll make a point of checking for it in the audio versions.

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  4. BEST BEST BEST to you on this! I audiobooked it and loved the enthusiasm in the narrator's voice. I admit that I allowed myself to drift off when my imagination was not captured - yes, I zoned out at times - but I LOVED the good parts! So I hope you find much to love.

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