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Moby Dick Monday: November 30, 2009 (Week 3)

Welcome to Moby Dick Monday! This is where we read four pages a day and then post about what we’ve read. Consider it an adventure of sorts!

My Story Re-Cap:

After a lovely night at the Inn, Ishmael takes a stroll through New Bedford. Apparently, New Bedford is host to not only sailors but cannibals and savages alike. Ishmael is taken with the number of “green” Vermonters and New Hampshire men that arrive with the hopes of becoming whalers. Ishmael is amazed by this, yet this is his reason for being there as well.

As he wanders around, he visits a chapel where grieving families have congregated to mourn the loss of their family members. Father Mapple is giving the sermon which happens to be the story of Jonah. You remember him, he was the one that got swallowed by a fish. Anyway, what’s interesting about Father Mapple is that he climbs into the pulpit by way of “man ropes.” Ishmael finds this incredibly odd. Does he do this out of respect to the sailors that have been lost at sea? As Ishmael ponders this, he sees his friend Queequeg. As you may recall from last week’s post, Queequeg is Ishmael’s cannibalistic bed-mate. Ishmael sees Queequeg’s tender side as he mourns those lost.

Back at the Inn, Ishmael watches Queequeg enjoy a smoke and decides to join him. It is after this smoke, that Queequeg grabs Ishmael, leans his forehead against him and declares them married, which in sea terms means bosom buddies. It is after this little display of affection that Ishmael learns that Queequeg is actually the son of a King and comes from an island called Kokovoko, which is not noted on any map but click here for a good chuckle and a line right out of the book.

Ishmael shares his plan to board a whaling ship and Queequeg vows to join whatever vessel Ishmael is on.

My Rambling Thoughts:

This past week was a difficult one for reading with Thanksgiving and Black Friday and all but I did manage to get my pages in although this chunk was much more challenging than last week’s chunk. For one, the sermon (Jonah) was way, way too long and bored me to tears. I re-read that chapter three times trying to get through it. As soon as I got past, it all was well again. I am starting to get a feel for Melville’s writing which is making it easier to digest and I find myself going past the four pages a day, although not by much. I am looking forward to Ishmael and Queequeg actually getting on a boat.

Reading Along With Me:

Jill/Softdrink of Fizzy Thoughts
Jill of RhapsodyinBooks
Dar of Peeking Between the Pages
Eva of A Striped Armchair
Wisteria from Bookworm’s Dinner
Gavin from Page247 (will join us in mid to late December)
Claire from kiss a cloud (will join us in 2010)

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The Sunday Salon: Where Did The Week Go?

It’s Sunday. Really. Hmph.

My week off went by so quickly. We had a lovely Thanksgiving. We lounged around. We watched movies. We ate, and ate, and ate. My goodness, that turkey was the best turkey EVER!

I shopped. A little. It wasn’t too crazy. I was glad.

However, I find myself blue. I have been in a down mood for the past week or two. I know in part it’s related to my situation at work (forced furloughs) and I know that there is so much else to be thankful for (truly, I am thankful) but I am so blue. Also, something happened that’s left me very sad. I get incredibly pensive when my actions are doubted in any way. I need to snap out of it.

So. I’ve been  reading. I just finished In a Perfect World. I loved it, but it did nothing to lift my spirits. You’ll see why when I post the review. I have also been reading Under the Dome and today I am seeing The Road. I know! For a person who is blue I sure picked a bunch of depressing books/movies to occupy my time with.

I have Monday off (furlough) so I am going to spend the day re-grouping. Hopefully after a day of quite, nothingness I’ll be back to my normal self.

How was your week? What movies did you see? I saw New Moon, it was better than the book but you all know what I thought about the book. I hope The Road does the book justice and that it doesn’t send me spiraling into despair. Just kidding. I know what the book did to me so I am prepared!