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  1. Jenny
    Jenny May 17, 2012 at 8:46 pm |

    …I feel like I can really, really read Moby Dick without reading the chapters on whale’s blubber etc. Don’t you think it counts the same, given that I’ve read all the whale-blubber chapters TWICE, to give the book a third try but this time only read the interesting parts? Cause I think I would like it better that way.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid May 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm |

      Jenny » lol, whatever works for you. As Philbrick says in his book, even reading SOME of Moby Dick has an impact. Much as I too don’t like whale blubber, I do think those chapters are an integral part of the novel as a whole, though. It wouldn’t be the same without them. But I may skip or skim in the future now too… I’ve also gone through it twice. I do understand!!!

  2. Heather
    Heather May 18, 2012 at 6:35 am |

    Great review. This is a tough book to get through, but so worth it in the end. I haven’t read it for years, but I put it on my Classics Club list, so I’ll be reading it again sometime over the next five years. Your review makes me want to re-read it sooner rather than later.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid May 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm |

      Heather » yep, I am really glad I revisited it! Enjoy your reread too.

  3. neal
    neal May 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm |

    I’m new here, but enjoying the selection of books you’ve got. I recently reviewed Moby-Dick as well, and I scored it full marks as well. It’s not a totally easy book, but honestly, it pushed my mind to the edge of what it’s capable of imagining and grasping.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid May 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm |

      neal » well put.

  4. Melissa (Avid Reader)
    Melissa (Avid Reader) May 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm |

    I read this earlier this year and it was such a difficult book. There were parts and descriptions that I absolutely loved and then there were others that I just struggled with.

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