Thursday, January 15, 2009

Gotta love Melville


Despite the opinions of many that Moby Dick is simply too long and detailed to be worthwhile (I confess that I used to be of this opinion), the more I read of it now as a teacher the greater my appreciation. Here's a line that I just read that is a great example of his style:

"[Queequeg] put on dry clothes, lighted his pipe, and leaning against the bulwarks, and mildly eyeing those around him, seemed to be saying to himself--'It's a mutual, joint- stock world, in all meridians. We cannibals must help these Christians."

1 comment:

Tammy said...

I guess I need to jump on board and actually read it. Sherry Barber loves the book and has bought a special book made of high quality paper and redid the binding and cover.