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Should I read Moby Dick?
    #11448791 - 11/13/09 05:52 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

No poll, just wondering.  I'm really getting the itch to read a good book again, but without school or a teacher to direct me, I'm completely lost.  I wanna read something with characters I'll fall in love with, and something that makes me think.  Obviously I want an enjoyable read without too much brain strain.

Some others I was considering were The Color Purple, Slaughterhouse Five, The Brothers Karamazov, Blood Meridian, The Tropic of Cancer.

Maybe I should say that, too.  I like fairly contemporary American literature, nothing terribly old or fancy, but deep, y'know?

Help.


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Re: Should I read Moby Dick? [Re: goliath_91710]
    #11448837 - 11/13/09 06:01 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

I've heard that Moby Dick is an incredibly good read. Do it. =]


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Re: Should I read Moby Dick? [Re: goliath_91710]
    #11448840 - 11/13/09 06:02 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Yes


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Re: Should I read Moby Dick? [Re: DSHSB]
    #11452964 - 11/14/09 12:14 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

I think Moby Dick is one of the great products of American literature and no serious student should not have read it.


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Re: Should I read Moby Dick? [Re: zappaisgod]
    #11455434 - 11/14/09 08:02 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

I agree with zappa here.


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Re: Should I read Moby Dick? [Re: goliath_91710]
    #11457773 - 11/15/09 03:40 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

In the book 'Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment', Jed McKenna postulates that Moby Dick is about Melville's enlightenment and gives a 'key' to the book.

It's interesting if you're into that sort of thing.


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Re: Should I read Moby Dick? [Re: Middleman]
    #11458252 - 11/15/09 07:25 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Read that then move on over to James Clavell's "Shogun"


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Re: Should I read Moby Dick? [Re: Valknut]
    #11458276 - 11/15/09 07:30 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

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Read that then move on over to James Clavell's "Shogun"




That's a good book. :thumbup:


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Re: Should I read Moby Dick? [Re: Doc_T]
    #11462257 - 11/15/09 08:07 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

I very much enjoyed Shogun.  It is not, however, great literature.  It is a great story.  They are not necessarily the same.  Sometimes they are but not often.


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Re: Should I read Moby Dick? [Re: zappaisgod]
    #11463798 - 11/15/09 11:53 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Eh, Ill disagree as a general statement against pretentiousness.



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