Man, I don't think I have the patience to finish this, i'm 150 pages in and every page I have to remind myself to keep reading.
Is the payoff at the end worth it?
You haven't even reached the middle section where the plot disappears for 200 pages and you get nothing but whaling anecdotes and trivia yet. If you didn't like the first 150 you won't like the rest. All the actual plot happens in the last 30 or so pages so you have a long slog before you get there.
>The prose and the way it was written was too basic for me
Not for me.
For me it was more about how the mundane can be mythical. There's a lot more to it then that. Like how revenge is cyclical until the doom.
Or how a mortal may attempt to defy the gods, but must ultimately fail--how cooperation trumps selfish egotistical clashing.
I dunno, I read it like 2 years ago, but it was a GOOD book
>The middle is a slog.
I know what you are talking about but I disagree.
I was completely immersed in those pages, it was so entertaining. I was googling shit left and right trying to compare Melville's facts on Cetology with modern day knowledge. Watching documentaries on whales and marine life for hours on end.
I even ate sushi.
It's good shit OP.
>I dunno, I read it like 2 years ago, but it was a GOOD book
This is what retards, truly believe about Moby Dick
Moby Dick is a meme that you have to "enjoy" otherwise you're an idiot.
I agree. The book has been so widely praised that it has achieved cultural deification and when people come to it and realize it's boring and trite, they have to convince themselves it's amazing so they don't look retarded. Op should stop reading now. He's read the only good bits already.
honestly, OP: if you're not enjoying moby dick, just read something easier and come back to it later. as far as i'm concerned, there is no such thing as reading for some kind of "payoff", and if that's why you pickup and trudge through notoriously difficult books (yes, i know... some do consider MD to be such a book) you might not be ready for them yet.
in saying that, moby dick is one of my all-time favourite books and one that really got me into reading classics, so i might be a bit biased.
just let it rest for a bit and come back to it when you feel up for it again
I read this first when I was 10, and while alot of the symbolism and esoteric language flew over my head. I read it 4-5 times over the next few years (it was a decorative book my mother kept in the parlor). I loved it every time.
I reread it when I turned 30 and I still loved it.
It's not really a difficult read. There are lots of reference and allusions and if you want to understand them all you have to be decently well read.
People may say it's difficult because plebs find the philosophical musings and whaling history/facts boring.
I haven't read Moby Dick yet, but I went to high school in the US.
I don't know what it's like reading a book with a class in other parts of the world, but here a lot of the time the teacher did the reading and stopped to explain things, or we would read a set number of pages in class and then the teacher would discuss them. Unless the book is an easy read in which case it will likely be read at home. This is why 9th graders who don't care about reading can understand Shakespeare plays, at least to some extent, as explanations are given, and they usually don't even have to read, only listen to explanations.
I can't imagine a book as long as Moby Dick would be read in a high school here in its entirety. In my school we spent weeks on the Odyssey and still skipped parts, which is annoying. Most every book we read in its entirety was less than 200 pages.
I'm about 150 pages in and just read the Cetology chapter, I actually fucking love it. Even when it's just a bunch of whaling trivia, it's written very well.
Also, I swear Queequeg and Ishmael had gay sex lmoa
Moby dick is one of my all time favourites, had a great time reading it.
Saying that, I've been a sailor for over 10 years so all the nautical lingo and such was really easy to understand. Many times during my read I would think to myself "how the fuck would anyone who's never been to sea understand what the fuck Melville is going on about here"
I'm honestly surprised when people give it so much praise, because without much context I can imagine it would be extremely dry.
I enjoyed it thoroughly, you illiterate piece of human refuse.
Just because you hate your own pathetic existence doesn't mean you get to shit on anything that is truly noble.
Moby Dick is a GOAT book through and through and for the first time I really mean it when I say: Kill yourself.
>book is about a crazy guy's dedication to kill a white whale
>book requires crazy dedication from a guy to finish the big mass of white (pages)
You will probably get more from it now, even if you were a better reader back then.
After reading more you will hopefully understand the references and allusions better.
Also, being more mature you will (hopefully) be able to understand the philosophical musings better and relate them to your own experiences.