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June 5, 2009

Surprises in the first 30 pages of Moby Dick

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — inky @ 5:04 pm

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.


  1. I look forward to your take on “the whiteness of the whale”

    Comment by Mark J Musante — June 6, 2009 @ 3:46 am

  2. Well done, you had me going there. I actually just went to look it up.

    Comment by JoeNotCharles — June 6, 2009 @ 6:48 am

  3. Hi Dan, do you have more book reviews somewhere separate from game stuff? I know I came across some some time ago. I’m looking for ideas for my bookclub.

    Comment by Karen R — June 30, 2009 @ 8:16 am

  4. Yeah, I do. In addition to the few book reviews on this blog itself, I have more on my (no longer updated) livejournal. Also, in general, you may want to check out the ifMUD bookclub which has reviews from a few other people as well.

    Comment by inky — July 2, 2009 @ 7:07 pm

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