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    Re: Moby Dick Tales
    From: Francis Upchurch
    Date: 2019 Jan 10, 18:44 -0000

    Shame on you Yanks!
    Taking the great Melville name in vain is like stamping on Homer's grave, if you could find it!
    No, I understand all the justifiable criticism, but we mostly love it and 
    respect it this side of the pond as one of your best.( if a bit tedious at 
    I was fortunate (or not!) to be educated by Irish Dominican priests during the 
    60's. The English teacher was a leading Cambridge scholar,(with a touch of 
    Ahab in him) expert on you know who.
    Well he force fed this into us  15-16 year olds with predictable results. We 
    vomited about page 25. However, he did tell us why it is so great in the 
    context of the pre- civil war American scene. He re- invented the novel 
    decades before Joyce and painted America in the greatness myth we now all 
      I did not manage the whole thing till age 25. Then again aged 55 as sailing 
    took over my life again. I now read bits for pleasure. (met a few Ahabs in 
    yachting, mostly commodores of prestigious sailing clubs. Pains all. Quite a 
    few in medicine too.)
    The "Call me Ishmael" intro page I have posted on the navigation station of my 
    boat. He was a poet after all! After the blues of depression ("grim about the 
    circulation"), it is still the best way I know of "driving off the spleen and 
    regulating the circulation." Instead of ending it with pistol and ball, he 
    quietly takes to ship. Me too. Saves many a life.
    Ok Who has read War and Peace cover to cover? (be honest).
    I know professional biologists who admit, guiltily, they have not managed the 
    Origin of Species cover to cover .(I have, several times, highly recommended. 
    Still modern). 
    This cursed but brilliant priest also forced Joyce, Ulysses  on us, despite it 
    being banned by the Catholic church at the time! (took me 3 attempts and a 
    visit to the Dublin Joyce pub crawl, highly recommended, hangover lasts 2 
    I have a library of thousands of books. As the limbs no longer move well, I 
    dig deep again. Saves my life anyway, as does CelNav. I have about 50 books 
    there + the great navlist archive. Frank, please preserve whatever happens to 
    Navlist. A treasure chest.
    Mark Twain and Dickens are more fun and easier than Melville, , but read on. 
    Moby Dick is worth the effort.
    -----Original Message-----
    From: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] On Behalf Of Bruce J. Pennino
    Sent: 10 January 2019 16:16
    To: francis{at}pharmout.co.uk
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Moby Dick Tales
    Well said!
    From: Robert Eno 
    Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2019 1:15 AM
    To: bpennino.ce---.net 
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Moby Dick Tales
    I feel liberated after reading these Moby Dick posts on the Nav List. I can 
    finally come out of the closet. I am not alone! 
    I read the book; nay, I fought, struggled, clawed my way through it in the 
    1990s and after several months, finished it with the same level of mental and 
    physical exhaustion as I would had I been forced to crawl one mile through 
    rose bushes and broken glass. 
    Why did I not give up when it became apparent that it was not to my liking? 
    Because it is considered a “must-read” classic and I felt ignorant and 
    backwards that I had not read it.  A buddy of mine warned me that it was 
    painful, but I took it on, nonetheless, because my friend was a bit of a sour 
    puss and generally gave negative reviews of most things.  But he was right 
    about Moby Dick. Awful, painful, tedious book.  Russian novelists have 
    nothing on Melville where tedium is concerned; or at least his Moby Dick 
    Taxes,  Death and Moby Dick.
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