Daily Archives: January 16, 2009

Moby Dick

moby-dickTitle: Moby Dick
Author: Herman Melville
Finished: January 16, 2009
Pages: 750
Published: 1851
Challenges: Decades 2009, Book to Movie, A-Z Challenge, 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge, New Authors Challenge, Casual Classics

“Call me Ishmael.” Possibly the most popular and recognized first line of any book and all classics, even by those who have never read it before.

Moby Dick is about Ishmael, as he joins a boat in search for the great white whale who stole Captain Ahab’s leg and cause various other troubles among the sea.

One of the greatest classics ever written, I’m surprised it has taken me this long to read the book in its entirety. I’ve heard much about it, but for some  reason never had to read it in school and/or never finished it. Now that I have, I can tell that Melville’s catching tale of revenge and survival on the sea helped him create this amazing story. The weaving in of fact and fiction on a whaling boat makes the reader feel almost as if the tale were true and not an amazing creation.



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Casual Classics 2009


Read 4 “Classics” between January 1st and December 31st, 2009

  • Overlaps with other challenges ARE allowed
  • eBooks and Audiobooks ARE allowed


  1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  3. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  4. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

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