So, it's done. I'm finished. I've completed Moby-Dick -- that is, if you count listening to an audiobook the same as reading a book. To be completely honest, I would say I read about 30% in combination of print and online, and the other 70% via audio.
Anyway, this book really was not what I expected at all. I really thought there would be more action, more adventure. I didn't expect non-stop action like Treasure Island or even The Three Musketeers, but I was expecting a little more adventure, for a whaling novel. There was much more description about whales, and whaling, and butchering whales than I ever expected.
|Maybe I would have liked it more if I owned this beautiful Penguin Clothbound Classic!
Overall, I really wish I understood this book better. Listening to the audiobook certainly made it easier in some ways, especially because I could absorb a little at a time, but sometimes I felt like I was losing the narrative thread (such that it was) since I only listened to a few pages a day. After a break, I want to read Why Read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick to see if that sheds some more light. Parts of it were funny, and I really liked Queequeg -- I wish the book had had more about him. I'm really not even sure what happened to him, though I have my suspicions. I admired the writing, I appreciate the risks that Melville took, but I'm not sure that I can say I actually liked it. And now I really want to go on an ocean voyage -- I'd love to go to Alaska now and do some whale watching!
I'm glad I finished it, and I'm counting Moby-Dick as my American Classic for the Back to the Classics Challenge.