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  •  My first encounter with Moby Dick (1+ / 0-)
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    Oly moly

    was thru the "Mr Magoo" cartoon version -- which leaves out most of the book except for a few bits near the beginning -- & of course the chilling end.

    Didn't read it until High School on my own initiative, & got bogged down at the chapter "The Whiteness of the Whale" -- which one of my teachers told me was where a lot of readers ran out of steam. Finally finished it for my college class on Melville.

    It is definitely one of those books that would benefit from condensing. Although it is justly considered one of the great novels of American literature, there are long passages where the going is tougher than tracking thru the desert under the midday sun.

    •  My teacher said to skip every other chapter (0+ / 0-)

      I did so, and I was the ONLY member of my AP English class who finished the book.  Everyone else cribbed the ending from Masterplots.

      This isn't freedom. This is fear - Captain America

      by Ellid on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 03:53:39 AM PDT

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      •  Heck, the ending is one of the better parts (1+ / 0-)
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        Ellid

        I just looked at my copy & determined that after running out of steam at the chapter I mentioned, it only starts up again about 40-50 pages from the end.

        One could read the first hundred pages & the last 50 pages, listen to the teacher's lecture to catch everything important in the middle of the book & get most of what happens in the novel. At least better than how well Demi Moore understood The Scarlet Letter.

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