Monday, May 25, 2009

Moby Dick

I've just finished reading Herman Melville's classic Moby Dick for the first time. It is a stunning glimpse into 19th century whaling culture as well as a shrewd analysis of human psychology. If you can endure long and sometimes tedious diversions on the science of whales and the history of whaling, this book has a lot to tell about the world and ourselves, in addition to containing some of the most beautiful prose I have ever encountered.
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