Thursday, May 29, 2008

Just a few chapters

Read chapter three a couple of days ago--all about Ishmael having to share the bed with Queequeg. It was there for a bit of humor and to introduce his friend, on whose coffin Ishmael floats to safety.

Chapter four was just about Queequeg waking up and getting ready for the day, his "toilet" as the book puts it. Woke up with his arm around Ishmael.

Chapter five, entitled "Breakfast," had the guys come downstairs.

Man, is this book slow.

I will get through it this summer. I vow.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Spouter Inn

Read Chapter Two.

All he did was find an inn!

Leads up to Queequeg though.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Here we go again

I read chapter one last night. Also read the introduction by William Gibson from 1959. I will try to get through that introductory quote section. Melville included a few pages of "whale" allusions to literature and the Bible, I guess to give his subject creedence.

I have to read the intro and quotes so when I finish I won't get laughed at as a technicality.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Summer vacation--One more chance?

Today is the last day of the school year.

I resolve to read Moby Dick cover to cover by the start of school in the fall.

One more chance. Even though my wife says I can't do it. Even though my fellow English teachers ask me why I am bothering, that it is a horrible book...

I will do this.