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Moby Dick is a very 19th century book by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 05:34:06 AM EST
Many authors of that period go on and on about some things, and off on tangents, and generally take twice as long to say something as a modern writer would. Dickens, for example, wrote long.

That's because modern writers compete with Radio, TV, and now the Internets. When MD was written reading was a major form of entertainment.

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It was a generalization by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 05:49:50 AM EST
and, as such, both absolutely honest, and a complete lie...

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ALL generalisations are false by Dr H0ffm4n (4.00 / 2) #15 Mon Feb 26, 2007 at 02:26:43 AM EST


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That's wrong..... by TPD (2.00 / 0) #16 Thu Mar 01, 2007 at 04:41:19 AM EST
All generalisations are correct

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I read about 100-200 pages of Moby Dick by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 05:53:44 AM EST
A few years ago and was really enjoying it, then inexplicably started reading something else and forgot about it. I used to do a lot of that. I don't so much any more so I'll have to try reading it again.

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I think this is because... by Metatone (4.00 / 2) #10 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 07:04:17 AM EST
like you said, there isn't a big plot element (even worse, we all vaguely know the plot thanks to Mr Peck et al.)

Because there isn't the thrust to know "what happens next" it's a lot more like re-reading than reading. When you're with the book, then you're drawn into the flow by the writing and the events. But when you've put it down, there's no urgency to "find out what happened next."

I'll note that presumably there are people out there who read purely for the pleasures of the words and they won't notice this effect, but I'm not one of them.

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Call me yicky yacky by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #6 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 06:04:16 AM EST
the next time you're in the states and you want a pint.

Ah, the opening line alone warrants inclusion in the  Book Hall of Fame, and the rest of the novel is nearly as good. The old "from Hell's heart I stab at thee" quote is good, too.


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Sir(s and Sirettes) by TPD (4.00 / 2) #7 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 06:24:21 AM EST
the cray-jhee propsh are all yours.

That is fantastic!

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IAWTP by ana (4.00 / 2) #12 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 09:00:18 AM EST
Speechless.

Regular, or decaf abomination? --Kellnerin

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IAAWTP by cam (4.00 / 1) #13 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 11:01:36 AM EST
thank you by LilFlightTest (4.00 / 1) #14 Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 02:13:10 PM EST
for giving me the chance to do it.
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