Is it as good as everyone says it is?

Is it as good as everyone says it is?

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No, Ulysses is better.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    yes op. look i'm a booklet, i've read maybe 100 books in my life but honestly this fricking book was one of the best reading experiences i've ever had. it only gets overwhelming cause it's dense. but nearly every line is gold in a way comparable to James Joyce. This and Ulysses basically takes the english language and handles it like a fricking adept master of masters. That's not even touching the philosophical elements, or the humor, which both are replete with. The books is so goddamn funny and even only having read it once I can think of so many great quotations off the top of my head. absolutely worth the read. it can be a slowburn and its not bad to oblige, since the story is pretty universally well known. absolute work of genius. how a guy in his early 30s late 20s composed this is mindboggling

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yes but only if you're an adept and fast readers.
    I pity all the zoomers and first time readers who get recommended this beast, but once you're good at reading it's pretty comfy and often hilarious

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i'm

      yes op. look i'm a booklet, i've read maybe 100 books in my life but honestly this fricking book was one of the best reading experiences i've ever had. it only gets overwhelming cause it's dense. but nearly every line is gold in a way comparable to James Joyce. This and Ulysses basically takes the english language and handles it like a fricking adept master of masters. That's not even touching the philosophical elements, or the humor, which both are replete with. The books is so goddamn funny and even only having read it once I can think of so many great quotations off the top of my head. absolutely worth the read. it can be a slowburn and its not bad to oblige, since the story is pretty universally well known. absolute work of genius. how a guy in his early 30s late 20s composed this is mindboggling

      and definitely a booklet like i said (not zoomer, i'm 29) but yeah i read this a couple years ago and like i said it is a bit of a slowburn and does take a while to unpack, but its books like this that MAKE me excited to read. it was shit like their eyes were watching god or fricking the giver in hs that made me feel like reading was just a less engaging and enjoyable way of consuming, sorry can't think of a better word, a story. (the giver was a legitimately good story, but its not like the writing even seemed that special.)

      No, Ulysses is better.

      funny how i also brought up ulysses. they're both great. op should read both. not at the same time though

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Reading it for the first time, giving up, letting occupy your mind because you gave up on it, reading other books, then after trying again and finishing it, made me feel like Ahab.
      Liking it the first time is gay, like you probably resonated with Ishmael.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No. 30% of it is great. The rest is painfully dull and drastically less clever than it thinks it is. It's still worth reading overall, but people who say this is one of the greatest works of literature have shit taste.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      what do you like to read homosexual

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        James Joyce and Stephanie Meyer, alternating between their works. I will not elaborate.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Likes Joyce, hates Melville
          Yawn, Joyce is amazing but how you don't see the genius of melville is pretty crazy. I don't read women authors so no idea about MEyer, also shes the one who wrote twilight i think so congrats on your not even funny shitpost. oh and if no one has told you today yet, have a nice day homosexual

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I just don't understand how Joyce is even mentioned in the same breath as Melville. Joyce is for pseud kids.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Joyce is pseud
      I actually share this board with >100iq brainlets. now THIS is epic (tragic)

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        pomo bullshit
        go read some real artists like Chekhov, Dante, Chaucer etc.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I have read them, you're a moron. and you don't read.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    no dude, it is the slowest fricking thing in universe, mf is talking about whale industry for 50 page, i'm not kidding, 50 page of shit about whales!

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      t. cant read between lines, no internal monologue, trolling, NPC, etc etc

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yes, one of my all time favorites, I usually read it at least once a year. If somebody admits that they hate Moby Dick, I lose some level of respect in their opinions.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    did melville really have to go on and on like autist about whales like that?

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    currently reading this. harold blooms words "the epic prose poem" resonate deeper the further i read. i am constantly writing down excerpts that i find significance in

    as an aside, i originally started this as an audiobook about a month ago, but felt the experience was lacking. i must say it is much better when read with ones own eyes, than heard by some librivox volunteer with enough time on their hands to record themselves for over 24 hours.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >“Vengeance on a dumb brute!” cried Starbuck, “that simply smote thee from blindest instinct! Madness! To be enraged with a dumb thing, Captain Ahab, seems blasphemous.”
    >“Hark ye yet again—the little lower layer. All visible objects, man, are but as pasteboard masks. But in each event—in the living act, the undoubted deed—there, some unknown but still reasoning thing puts forth the mouldings of its features from behind the unreasoning mask. If man will strike, strike through the mask! How can the prisoner reach outside except by thrusting through the wall? To me, the white whale is that wall, shoved near to me. Sometimes I think there’s naught beyond. But ’tis enough. He tasks me; he heaps me; I see in him outrageous strength, with an inscrutable malice sinewing it. That inscrutable thing is chiefly what I hate; and be the white whale agent, or be the white whale principal, I will wreak that hate upon him. Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I’d strike the sun if it insulted me. For could the sun do that, then could I do the other; since there is ever a sort of fair play herein, jealousy presiding over all creations. But not my master, man, is even that fair play."

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I cant even begin to express my love for this book. Basically Melville needs you to understand every little facet of his world he creates, but after he explains most of it the story goes so fast and it is just. Fantastic. Read it dumbass.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I started reading it like a week ago. Not too fast for general reasons of personal focus, almost halfway through.
      I loved the buildup, I loved the whaling autism, but it has become a little cumbersome and verbose. I'm not gonna skip or not read it, just for knowing what's up ahead: does it wrap up the turboautism and move the story and chase soon enough? Or is there more of this and picks up only 100 pages from the end?

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    https://americanliterature.com/author/d-h-lawrence/book/studies-in-classic-american-literature/chapter-11-herman-melvilles-moby-dick

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I hate how my copy looks like the cover of an gay YA romance novel. Why would Wordsworth do this

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's the closest literature has ever gotten to perfection of form. Yes, it's the greatest there is, even if subjectively some people might be too moronic to appreciate it (or even dare I say it, call it "dense" lmao.)

  15. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yes, it is as good as everyone says it is. It's life-affirming, brutally realistic and yet it feels like it's reaching beyond that into something mythical. It's really worth your time, I promise.

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