Reading Moby-Dick Day 17

In which I fall one day behind. Actually I’m on schedule with reading, but a day behind on writing and posting. No suicides/no smoking Chapter 17 The Ramadan In which Queequeg observes Ramadan by fasting. Ishmael speaks of his respect for all religious rites  (though they are “stark nonsense”,” Lents” included) as we are “all […]

Reading Moby-Dick Day 13

Chapter 13 Wheelbarrow in which the wheelbarrow also demonstrates cultural differences and faux pas. Ishmael and Queequeg set sail for Nantucket. Queequeg demonstrates his superiority by jumping into the ocean to save a man who had insulted him earlier. “From that hour I clove to Queequeg…till poor Queequeg took his last long drive.” Ominous foreshadowing? […]

Reading Moby-Dick Day 12

“…barbed iron was in lieu of a scepter now.”  Chapter 12 Biographical Queequeg recounts how he sailed from his home in the fictional Kokovoko where he was descended from royalty to Sag Harbor and became a whaleman.

Ready Moby-Dick Day 11

Chapter 11 Nightgown Ishmael and Queequeg in bed together again. Another insurance reference: “I no more felt unduly concerned for the landlord’s policy of insurance.” And Ishmael’s opinion  on sleeping in the cold “like the one warm spark in the heart of an arctic crystal.” I could have used this advice earlier this week  when […]

Reading Moby-Dick Day 9

Chapter 9 The Sermon in which Father Mapple delivers a long sermon on Jonah. An eco-feminist collage: Woe to him who seeks to pour oil upon the waters when good(d)ness has brewed them into whale.

Reading Moby-Dick Day 8

Chapter 8 The Pulpit Melville treats us to a lengthy description of the pulpit at a Whaleman’s Chapel and Father Mapple. “the world’s a ship on its passage out…and the pulpit is its prow.”