Thursday, 1 January 2015

This Year I MEAN It, Goddammit


Long-time readers of this blog know of my epic battle with the huge white whale of a book, Moby-Dick. I started reading it in 2009 and have slowly, oh so slowly, been making my way through it in fits and starts ever since. My 2013 New Year's Resolution was to finish it but alas, nothing resulted but failure, utter failure, that year. And in 2014 as well. But THIS year, by gawd, it will be different!

At the moment, I am at Chapter 123. There's only 13 more chapters to go! 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. The action is finally starting!


And I have a new incentive to finish the book quickly. There's a movie coming out in March called In the Heart of the Sea concerning the real-life whaling disaster in the early 1800s which inspired Melville to write Moby-Dick. I am not going to go to that movie unless I've finished Moby-Dick. And I lurves me some Chris Hemsworth who is starring in it so that is a powerful motivation to get my rear in gear and finish those last 13 chapters!



Happy New Year, everyone! Wish me luck. No, not luck -- perseverance.

61 comments:

Vanessa Morgan said...

Happy New Year! Seems like you got many exciting hours of reading ahead of you, haha.

Dawna said...

Chapter 123? lawd have mercy! lol. Happy New Year Debra!. and you sure got some reading stamina!

Bill the Butcher said...

Coincidence: I was only just rewatching the final battle between Moby and Ahab from the Peck film.

Actually, I read Moby Dick back as a teeanger, and I loved it. I've even written two stories as follow ons - one from the point of view of Moby as an old whale, many years after the events of the book; and the second, with an immortal Ishmael hunting an immortal Moby in the 21st Century.

mxtodis123 said...

Happy New Year. You can do it. I'm betting on you.
Mary

Mark said...

Good luck finishing that book this year. I have a similar experience with Dracula. Everything about that book says I should enjoy it but I never get past the first part, where we switch to the viewpoint of Mina. It's kind of funny you can't finish Moby Dick when you consider the symbolism and what the story is supposedly actually about; an unconquerable challenge that will leave you feeling unfulfilled. Of course I hope that's not the way it leaves you feeling. It'll be worth it to finally finish it.

Suzie Ridler said...

Well that movie coming out is awesome incentive. I read the book while working at an evil company during my lunches. It's all I could take, little pieces of it while I ate my bagel with hummus. I know you can do it Debra!

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Next you can read les miserables.

DEZMOND said...

'tis a hunksworthy reason to finish it

The Happy Whisk said...

I am rooting for you, although, that's too many chapters to tell a story. Sounds like an editor would have been helpful. Either way, I know you can get through it.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

start reading right now!!! this is exciting and i can't wait to see it. happy new year!!!

mistress maddie said...

Honey, you should have just got Cliff notes!!!!!!!! It may be a year of miracles! Happiest to you dear!

LL Cool Joe said...

Any book with more than 10 chapters is too much for me. Ha. Happy new year ..... Reading.

Night Owl said...

Good luck! You can do it! When I read "chapter 123" I knew immediately that I will never have the courage to start on this book :-D! Have a wonderful 2015!

Missy George said...

You've gotten so far, the rest should be a breeze..I have to see that movie!! Happy New Year!

Anne O'Leary said...

The ONLY reason I finished that ponderous tome was because it was part of school. It was painful as we didn't have Cliff notes in those days.

Bill the Butcher said...

1. Another Orphan


2. From Hell's Heart

Miss Val's Creations said...

Happy New Year. Good luck with that Moby Dick! That movie does look pretty amazing so you certainly have incentive this time.

Jeanne said...

Happy New Year! May your minutes not be wasted with things like cliff notes or google searches on book endings or willy, silly naps! Persevere and be rewarded with a movie with yummy Chris Hemsworth!

Laurie M said...

I have never read that book so now I will have too because you see I always MUST read the book before I see the movie, I am just weird that way, yup, I`m checking that book out as soon as our library opens, probably Monday, Happy Happy New Year, I hope you and your family are well, and that you had a great time away,

Pickleope Von Pickleope said...

I think it counts if you switch to the audio book. Then you can count the effort of having to fast forward/skip to the right chapter. My spouse is an English literature professor and could barely make it through that slog of a book with all its damn whale talk. Good luck.

Leeanna said...

Happy New Year darlin. If I were you, I'd get on that reading shindig today. Good luck because you're gonna need it.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Lie to me - I'll let you see the movie anyway! Fuken fish!

Kal said...

I would feel sorry for you if I didn't have to slog my way through that book myself. It's like Lord of the Rings...dense, dense, dense. Appreciate you saving that caption all this time.

bill lisleman said...

Back in High School I wrote a lengthy (that's the way I remember it) report on the symbolism in Moby Dick. I do remember enjoying the book but don't have any desire to reread it. You have me wondering if I should check out a classic.

Insomniac’s Attic said...

Chris Hemsworth is incentive enough for anyone!!!

Feel free to tell me how it ends when you're done ... I doubt I'll ever have the stamina required to finish a tome like that. :)

Paulette said...

Push on, push on, the end is in sight and with it will come great rewards:)
like maybe you could give yourself some wine, strawberries and chocolates...
works for me.

Sparkless said...

You are so close to the end just read it all marathon style and be done with it!! Nothing like a goal accomplished to start your new year off.

Jim said...

Debra, we support you and are behind you 100%!!
Yes, this is YOUR year!!

G. B. Miller said...

I'm sorry, did you say "chapter 123"?

Holy literary fiction Batgirl!

Here's to you making it through to the bitter end.

Janie Junebug said...

I took a class on Melville. I'm quite fond of Moby Dick, but don't call me Ishmael.

Love,
Janie

Rosemary said...

Happy New Year Debra - you can do it, you know you can. Just one chapter a month and bit more and the job will be done.

mrsduncanmahogany said...

A very happy 2015 to you and the Rare One! Good luck with your read...I am off to start yet another Terry Pratchett. He's one of my faves!

Magic Love Crow said...

Happy New Year Debra ;o) You will do it ;o) I wish you luck and perseverance ;o) I think I will skip the book and just go to the movie! LOL! You should come by my blog ;o) Hugs ;o)

Magic Love Crow said...

By the way, I hope your family is well and I also hope you had a great time away ;o)

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

This is it, Debra! You're going to do it. You have the motivation, so get your ass in gear. I'll come by and kick it if need be...LOL... But no need. Hey, you're much better than me. I never got through the first chapter! Happy New Year, my western friend. Looking forward to many more of your quirky posts!

Lady M said...

You can do it!!!

Professor Chaos said...

Power through! You got this.

Adam said...

I remember trying to finish Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix which is rather similar in size to MD. Felt like forever

Linda Wildenstein said...

I know you can do it. I am proud of you for setting a goal and going for it. I mean of course going to see Thor at the movies......Chris Hemsworth is such a super incentive

ditchingthedog said...

Go, Debra! You can finish this by the end of the month.

Riot Kitty said...

Better you than me. I read War and Peace, so I felt that I did my long-ass old book penance time, you know? ;)

Kestril Trueseeker said...

Chris Hemsworth is a pretty big motivator for my daughter as well! LOL. I'm glad the book is getting exciting now.

Hermesmerized™ the duchessofH said...

Happy New Year Debra!

I admire your gumption, in finishing Moby Dick.
I tried years ago to read it and just couldn't do it.
The movie sounds interesting. That I could do.

dbs said...

Loved that book (In the Heart of the Sea, not so much Moby Dick).

Avy Ferguson said...

In the words of many an apathetic teenager, "I physically can't with that book."

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I know you can. I know you can. I know you can. And you'll likely be the first person in the world (besides Melville) to have finished that booger of a book.

Happy, perseverance-filled New Year!

Michael D'Agostino said...

The two hottest men in the world are Chris Hemsworth and Hugh Jackman.

Both Aussies ;)

greekwitch said...

Happy end the book year! You can do it!

Little Gothic Horrors said...

You've made it this far... you can do it!! And Chris Hemsworth is a delightful incentive! ;)

Happy New Year!!

JACKIESUE said...

sounds like me and Ulysses.never made it past page 19..

i fixed my post ..

Magaly Guerrero said...

There you go. A good disaster movie is always a great reason to finish a long-as-all hell book.

Hm... I wonder if I should reread the monster. I think my Piano Man wants to read it this year. So I just might... Don't know yet, I read about whales to last me three lifetimes the last time I read it.

Happy New Year. And read on!

Mary said...

Oh yes! Definitely good luck. It was required reading in my high school honors English class. Blech. It was the last read of the first semester senior year, which means we had a month. Good gawd did that SUCK!

klahanie said...

Hey Debra,

I thought that "Moby Dick" was some kind of dude medical problem.

Good luck with the book.

And, oh yeah, an awesome 2015 to you, eh!

Gary

Guillaume said...

I hate to rub it in, but I read it twice, the first time when I was 11.

Veronica Roth said...

Egad! That's my War and Peace. Finally I just cried "WHY???" and threw the book on the ground. Oh boy. You already do have but will double my undying admiration after you finish those last 13 chapters. :D Good perseverance to you.

PS. love the dude medical problem hypothesis. Lol

Ol'Buzzard said...

Hell, I waded through Crime and Punishment; so it can be done.
the Ol'Buzzard

Brahm Kornbluth said...

I read it in school.. granted slow start but totally worth it. Is worth the classic reputation it has.

Unlike all that damn Shakespeare we had to read....

heartinhand said...

#mostpersistentpersonever

Wow! Good luck, missy!

Francie M said...

Thanks for giving me a run, now I won't have to read it. I think I thought I read it, but now I realize I probably watched Gregory Peck do battle with him at some PJ party when I was a kid. Anyway, I'm rootin' for ya kiddo!

Dexter Klemperer said...

Save yourself the trouble, just read "In the Heart of the Sea" book. More action and easier to read!

lightning x said...

I read "Ahabs wife" first and so was highly motivated to read Moby dick as background for that book. I loved it but didn't read the " what is white" chapter which, deeper meaning-wise, is the most important chapter. Ah well!