Saturday, 27 March 2010

"Moby Dick"

Herman Melville's classic adventure novel "Moby Dick" tells of a young man who goes to sea on a whaling ship - leaving from America and sailing around Africa. Once aboard the Pequod with a companion he meets in an inn, he meets Captain Ahab - a man hellbent on taking revenge on the whale who took his leg. The story follows this journey across the seven seas, broken up between chapters devoted to facts and stories about whales.

I had been looking forward to reading this book since I bought it, and was really into it for the first half. The story progresses slowly but there is plenty of description and though the language is very intellectual, I felt like I could keep up. Unfortunately, I grew weary of the whale facts and (in much the same way that I have to skip the elven poetry in Lord of the Rings) found myself having to jump ahead when the story was interrupted by statistics on whale bone measurements.

As much as I liked the story, and can see why it continues to stand the test of time, I would only recommend the book to an avid reader with a strong interest in reading the book. This is an epic, and not to be started lightly. As such, I would give the book three out of five.

"Call me Ishmael." [Page 1]

My rating: (3.0/5.0)

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