What does /lit/ think about Moby Dick?
I've just finished reading this book. As a non-native speaker, I still can't appreciate what I've read. The style made me struggle a lot.
yeah I thought the digressions about ships and whaling were distracting. it's argued that they are what makes the book brilliant. I really enjoyed moby dick...but maybe could've enjoyed it even more. the overall notion of Ahab's decent into madness bc of moby dick is amazon in itself.
The language is intentionally archaic and biblical so I can see why a non-native would struggle with it. Recommend you read the King James Bible if you want a better grasp of the language in Moby-Dick.
>There's no ship (it's civilization and his soul)
>There's no crew (it's all perspectives of one man from his primal depths to his intellectual heights)
>There's no whale (it's purpose that becomes obsession)
>There's no sea (it's the promise of death and the male emotional mind)
>Moby Dick is a modern epic poem
>suck my dick
i never read it. if it's not james cameron or planned from the inception of the original the sequel to anything is never good but that being said some people swear it's a great companion to the original work, the female to Moby Dick's male but very autobiographical in prose and not nearly as visually metaphoric
no not really but sort of
surely if you attach your name to something that is already credited to genius it will empower your personal work
whenever I see that in a review I stop reading it, I can't believe people use it
>Whence come you, Hawthorne? By what right do you drink from my flagon of life? And when I put it to my lips -- lo, they are yours and not mine. I feel that the Godhead is broken up like the bread at the Supper, and that we are the pieces. Hence this infinite fraternity of feeling. Now, sympathizing with the paper, my angel turns over another page. you did not care a penny for the book. But, now and then as you read, you understood the pervading thought that impelled the book -- and that you praised. Was it not so? You were archangel enough to despise the imperfect body, and embrace the soul.
There are hardly any intentional allegories. Melville was phoning it in.
you're not serious. you're talking about a bisexual/gay novelist who loved talking about the possession of the female body by hetero men (hawthorne in reality was also bisexual and fought his loins many times) who project themselves in to bizarre visions of perfection vicariously (comparing a woman to a book, an object to be used like a tool), basically calling out typical men as self-loathing quilt-ridden closeted emotional drag queens who want to fuck themselves the allegory is on fleek dont get caught in its supposed superlative and just look at what he's doing
U wot? Of course you can, it took me two weeks to understand the anarcho-primitivism underlining beowulf and it's limb/organ allegory that the translations almost completely destroyed. It's always best to read the original work if it's available even if you have to get some education on how to do it prior
A moving and transformative work, with prose that moves like tides from scientifically pedantic to mystically romantic. A great statement upon the possibility of a life's work being for naught, and the tragedy behind ruining others drafted in the failed endeavor of a charismatic hero.
I agree totally - I think the hype around this novel gives people the wrong idea. If people didn't go in expecting action and whale-human fighting, I think they would enjoy it a lot more.
When other people tell me they want to read it, I tell them to forget about the whale as much as possible and just enjoy the style and the in-depth information. Moby-Dick and discussion of Moby-Dick probably don't even make up 10% of this novel.
The whale is important, but he's not meant to be the absolute focus.