Best way to read Moby Dick? Recommended editions for people with no background knowledge of the time period, or whale anatomy?
>I feel like that's a great way to get lost.I feel like that's a great way to get lost.
Alright son here's the trick: Page 2 comes after page 1, page 3 comes after page 2, and so on. The order of the pages follows the order of the numbers! They should really put that in the manual at the start of the book.
Melville is unbelievably thorough. You'll learn everything you need to know about sailing, whale anatomy and 19th-century New England in any edition. I'd personally recommend the Penguin edition, Nathaniel Philbrick's introduction and the diagrams/engravings included will give you extra background information.
It's really not that tough of a book. It's dense and may slow you down, but it won't leave you puzzled.
I guarantee you that everyone you've ever heard complaining that "it doesn't make sense" and "there's no plot" and "it was too boring" is a fucking retard; at the very least you're more likely to have an easy time with it based simply on the fact that you're on /lit/ rather than r/books.
With that said, pic related has many annotations, arguably to the point of being excessive. I just read an older penguin edition and it was fine.
just read the fucking book you faggot
>no background knowledge of the time period, or whale anatomy
good thing, cause you'll be learning ALL about whale anatomy