I confess when I switched over from the WEM autobiography list to join some others who are reading the novel list, there was one book I was not looking forward to: Moby-Dick. If I had continued on this journey by myself I might have skipped it.
But I'm not going to skip it. I'm going to read it. And unlike Susan Wise Bauer, my revered guide, I intend on reading all of it.
I would be happy to keep my feet planted firmly on dry land. Don't get me wrong -- I love the ocean as much as the next person, but I'm quite happy to enjoy it from the beach. If I am able to keep up with my normal reading pace, I will be on the Pequod for three weeks.
I've really pulled out all the stops for this one. I mean I am prepared. I read the new "appetizer", Why Read Moby-Dick?, by Nathaniel Philbrick over the weekend. My Penguin deluxe paperback edition of Moby-Dick arrived a few days ago. I even loaded the unabridged Audible version, read by Frank Muller, onto my Kindle.
The plan is to read the printed text while listening to the audio version so I can experience the "poetry" everyone is talking about read aloud. I chose the Frank Muller version because he talks fast. It should take just over 21 hours.
Also I have my friends at A Classic Case of Madness who will be suffering from sea-sickness along with me. Misery loves company, right?
|Here they are: Appetizer and Main Course|
What have I got myself into?