Moby Dick Monday: The Kick-off!

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UPDATE: We completed this read-along. If you’d like to see the final post and catch-up on all the posts in between, you can do so here.

A few weeks back, I mentioned my hate/hate relationship with Moby Dick and how for some reason I feel compelled to read it, even though I have attempted to do so repeatedly and failed each time. You can read about it here.

Anyway…in an attempt to finally put the matter to rest, I will be reading four pages a day (beginning tonight) and then each Monday I will post my thoughts on what I’ve read. A few others have decided to brave it with me:

Jill/Softdrink over at Fizzy Thoughts
Jill over at RhapsodyinBooks
Claire over at kiss a cloud (she will be joining us in 2010)
…and one other blogger who shall remain nameless as she did not want to commit as of yet.

If you have a copy of Moby Dick lying around collecting dust, then dust it off and join us. My copy is the Borders Classic version with 602 pages but some of the others are even listening to it on audio so be flexible with it.

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49 thoughts on “Moby Dick Monday: The Kick-off!”

  1. I decided I wanted to read War and Peace this summer and managed to get a few people to read along with me. It really helped to see them continuing on when I was close to putting it down. I don’t know if I would have finished it otherwise.

    Good luck!

  2. I’m really looking forward to your thoughts on this book as you work through it. Personally I LOVED the beginning and thought it got off to a really great start … but I was not such a big fan of the middle. (Just FYI, I did the audio version.) Can’t wait to see how it works for you.

  3. Well, all my best to you and will look forward to reading your thoughts. I’m just not sure I have the desire and the dedication to see this one through. Maybe you will inspire me!

  4. I know this makes me unpopular but I LOVE Moby Dick! Ironically, all the gentle, quiet parts of the story are what I love most. I’ve had ‘Ahab’s Wife’, a book written recently from the POV of Ahab’s Wife (duh), on my shelf for ages, and have been thinking about reading it. It would be fun to read both at once… hmmm….

    1. I read Ahab’s Wife and couldn’t get into that one either. It will be interesting to see my take on all of this when I’m done with the book.

  5. I’m going drop in for a few weeks and see how you’re doing with this one. If you’re having any better luck, I just might be talked into it. After all, what’s 4 pages a day?!

  6. I admire your determination AND your plan of action! I will continue to admire your efforts — from afar! Every year Brown University offers an 8-week summer class JUST ON MOBY DICK! For awhile I thought I really should take it, but I’m over that now. You do inspire me, though. I might reconsider reading WAR & PEACE. Good luck and have fun!

    1. Wow. An 8-week class on Moby alone. That would be really intense. Too intense for me! BTW…Dar over at Peeking Between the Pages and I may tackle War and Peace next!

  7. I read Moby Dick in college and once was enough for me. I wish you good luck with this! Parts of this book are very good and I think when you finish it you’ll be glad you read it but it’s trying at times. I think your plan for reading it is a really good one!
    I’ll be following your comments to see how it’s going!
    ~ Amy

  8. I started Moby Dick a month or so back and I’ve had my ups and downs with it. I have about 70-80 more pages to go, and while I’ll be glad when I’m done, I’ll also feel like I really accomplished something. Good luck, and try to enjoy the good parts enough to make it through the tough ones!

  9. Ill join the quest because ive seen the newsest movie version and now id like to read the book so im with you

  10. Of course i would probably read it in a week because i have WAYYY too much free time😃

    (somebody help me) 😰

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