|''I will have no man in my boat,' said Starbuck, 'who is not afraid of a whale.''|
|"Call Me Ishmael."|
|'...and when the ship was gliding by, like a flash he darted out; gained her side; with one backward dash of his foot capsized and sank his canoe; climbed up the chains...'|
|'But look! here come more crowds, pacing straight for the water, and seemingly bound for a dive.'|
To date I have resisted a re-perusal of this iconic work of American fiction, which I held at arm's length during high school due to what I perceived as its longeurs and its frequently disgusting explications of blubber rendering and such. But just today I came across a title that may yet convert me and people of my ilk: It's Why Read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick. In his previous book, Heart of the Sea, he told the story of the wreck of the whaleship Essex, the real-life incident that inspired Melville to write the tale of the pale behemoth and the men who set out to bring him down.
|Kish at work.|