Thursday, October 18, 2012

Happy 161st Birthday Moby Dick!

Artist unknown

"Call me Ishmael. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little
or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought
I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world."

From that opening line (frequently referred to as "Call me Ishmael), for some unknown reason, I knew I'd enjoy reading this book. It was one of the dreaded Jr. High "assignments." And, once again, "Teacher Knew Best." I enjoyed it. And enjoyed the class discussion. I think I even correctly answered most of the test answers.

The story of Ishmael and Captain Ahab's hunt for the Great White Whale, Moby Dick, is a classic. It's full of things that intrigued my young mind... a giant sea creature, whaling ships, a crazy captain and a lot of interesting crew members.

Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891), the author, was a novelist, short story writer and poet. Moby Dick or, The Whale (1851), is his best known work. Thanks, Herman. It was a good read.

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