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    Re: Moby Dick Tales
    From: Bob Goethe
    Date: 2019 Jan 9, 14:35 -0800

    Years ago, I did succeed in reading through Moby Dick...but it was a struggle.  As I recall, the first chapter starts out with a discussion of how men gravitate to running water when they are in a pensive mood.  Further, there is a 3 or 4 chapter-long digression in the middle of the book about the classification of whales.

    In contrast, that same year I read Frederick Forsyth's book "The Fourth Protocol".  It captured for me the difference in writing style between the end of the 20th century and the mid-19th century.  As I recall, Forsyth's book starts out with "The man in grey decided to steal the diamonds at midnight."  POW.  What a beginning!  I confess to being a child of the 20th century and preferring Forsyth's style to that of Melville.

    Bob

       
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