Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Moby-Dick Update


I've had a couple of inquiries about whether I'm making headway with my New Year's Resolution to finish reading Moby-Dick. I'm pleased to say that yes, indeed, I have been applying myself to the task. I go whaling with the boys whenever the opportunity presents itself.


I started off at Chapter 87 where my reading had petered out in 2009. Now I'm up to Chapter 123! Queequeg has carved his tattoo replicas onto his custom-built coffin. Captain Ahab has finished making his special harpoon with which to kill the great white whale. The Pequod is hot on Moby-Dick's trail but is currently in the midst of a terrible typhoon.

Only 13 more chapters to go!

[Whaling in the bathroom art by Nadine Boughton]

33 comments:

laughingwolf said...

why bother? it sux...

great grafix, though ;)

Jane said...

It certainly sounds like a whale of a tale... :)

jaz@octoberfarm said...

love the story but the cliff notes are good enough for me!

Lois said...

Wow, you sure have good concentration! I read it when I was young, because I was a voracious reader and we had a shelf of ancient classics... I had to read Jane Eyre with a dictionary beside me.

Anne said...

The classics must be read, even if it hurts. Or so the penquins told me in school.

Sulky Kitten said...

I have to really enjoy a book to read it - when it starts to feel like a penance, it gets tossed aside. Life's too short.

SUZY8-TRACK said...

Wow, I'm impressed that you would even attempt this! I find it difficult to pick up something that I've abandoned. In the past, when I've attempted to give a book another go, it becomes clear to me why I abandoned it in the first place. But at least it sounds like you are enjoying it!

brandi said...

~may you continue on...me...i am in knee deep with Wuthering Heights...a book i have tried a few times in the past to read but never could get past chapter one...happy to say on chapter 3! enjoy your whaling tale...much love light and blessings~

Riot Kitty said...

I love that cartoon! I hear you...War & Peace lasted FOREVER. You deserve a prize for getting so far.

Professor Chaos said...

Awesome! It's a long slog, but totally worth it. You've inspired me to pick up where I left off with the Sound and the Fury!

Robin Larkspur said...

Whale done.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Wow, amazing! I don't know if I'll ever be able to get to this book. Whale see :)

Workingdan said...

Thar she blows!

Linda Wildenstein said...

Tenacity....stick to it ness. I am so very proud of you for doing it and I do know it is a personal pride of doing thing so I'll just say, good on you. Whew, I hope that sounded right? Oma Linda

DEZMOND said...

I'd rather read WAR AND PEACE again than start MOBY DICK all over :)

Francie M said...

You are a brave woman!

Cheryl said...

I admire you perseverance. I would of quit 3 chapters in...if I had gotten that far.

Kay G. said...

Well, hurry up and finish it so you can read "Sailing Alone Around The World". It will kick that book's butt! :-)

Guillaume said...

I read Moby Dick. Twice. First time I was 11. I LOVED it.

Fundy Blue said...

Kudos to you for sticking with it. I have never read this book, but I've always meant to.

Jim said...

A classic for sure! I remember the movie which was quite amazing considering when it was made.

Sarita Rucker said...

Awesome! You're definitely making lots of headway. :)

CraveCute said...

Way to go! At least one person I know is keeping their New Year's resolution!

Jeanne said...

Glad to hear you have made head-way and have about reached the end of the book. It is definitely a "Whale of a Tale"!

Kal said...

I would like to say I would like to join you on that journey but that book is the most insufferable one I ever read or tried to read. Thank God I could watch the movie and fudge my way through the test.

Magaly Guerrero said...

MOBY-Private Part lol

Enjoy all the penis-symbolism ;-)

Nina Gray said...

oh I tried reading it, in vain!

Magic Love Crow said...

Good for you! I am proud of you!

Hindustanka said...

Moby-private part is in my Want to read list. May be I'll finally understand WHY was he called like this!

-E- said...

Queequeg's a badass!

DWei said...

Gogogogo! That's better than me, I've never read the book.

heartinhand said...

I read two chapters of Rob Lowe's book last night. Went by like nothing. Learned a little about Tom Cruise and C. Thomas Howell from when the shot the Outsiders. It was no Moby Dick, but it was fascinating! heehee!

JACKIESUE said...

I wanted to like it and finish it..I think I did but I did it when I was 14 and I can't remember what happened..