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June 5, 2009

Surprises in the first 30 pages of Moby Dick

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I started reading Moby Dick last night. I had assumed I basically knew the book via the cultural zeitgeist, but it turns out I was totally wrong. Like, here is what I found out in just the first couple dozen pages:

  1. It’s a comedy.
  2. The protagonist is not a sailor by profession.
  3. The first words are not “Call me Ishmael.”

At this rate, I am starting to think I’ll be wrong about Ahab and the whale teaming up at the end to fight off nazis.

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