After lagging on my reading last week, I’ve now caught up and am back in the game. I’m on page 90 of Moby Dick, and while it’s a bit (okay, a lot) long winded at times, and there are biblical references up the wazoo that I’m not getting, it’s not as torturous as I expected.
Billy, on the other hand, was reading along with me until page 86, when we got to this line:
“Bildad, say that again to me, and start my soul-bolts, but I’ll – I’ll – yes, I’ll swallow a live goat with all his hair and horns on.”
Billy is now boycotting Melville. In fact, I think he’s making a picket sign.
So. A few random thoughts…
- 90 pages, and still no Ahab. No whale, either. There has been mention of both, but Melville is still setting the stage.
- There seems to be some heavy foreshadowing…an inn-keeper named Coffin, the shadow of the gallows, a painting of a whale attacking a ship, a sermon about Jonah and the whale. If I were a betting gal, I’d say something bad is going to happen.
- Melville likes to flip his word order (“the night previous”). He’s also fond of alliteration.
That’s all I’ve got. Maybe by next week we’ll have met Ahab. I’m not holding my breath, though.