EVERYBODY HOLD THE PHONE I FOUND THE BEST CHARACTERS
besides QueequegIN THIS ENTIRE BOOK
This is actually a pet peeve of mine—Melville has this habit of writing really engaging, hilarious characters that you really want to spend 136 chapters with—and using them for like 10 pages. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HIS STORYTELLING CHOICES.
Anyway I will save that for later because these guys are genuinely hilarious and I’m just glad I got to meet them at all AND YOU WILL SEE WHY
There was a paperback copy of Moby Dick for 25 cents at the book fair at Kimberley Elementary when I was in second grade, so I bought it. The lady who took my quarter paused for a moment and asked me if I was sure; I told her I was.
It wasn’t until I actually tried to read it that I realized what I’d gotten myself into. It was a few years before I made a serious go at reading it, and even then I ended up skipping about half the book to get to what I thought of as “the good stuff” (which windandwater is just getting to now).
But this liveblogging is making me want to read it again. After Jane Eyre, I think it’s next up.
Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/53284779673.