Moby Dick has been on my bookshelf for years. I have no idea where it came from, I know I never bought it myself. Earlier this year I found myself in need of something new to read on the subway, so I decided Moby Dick will do as well as anything else. The parts where you’re actually reading a story are really good. He might have edited himself a little more when he came to writing about the symbolism behind the color white, or the lists of all his favorite drawings of whales that he’s ever seen, or one of the three chapters (so far) about Jonah and the whale. But I guess that’s what happens when you’re paid by the word.
Ahab is a pretty interesting character. But like most people, I think he might be a little more charismatic if he were a cat.