There were only about a dozen books that I brought with me here to Guadalajara. It swept me away when I read it in college 37 years ago. I had re-read it in the interval, but I wanted to see what it seemed like now.
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. What do we look for when we read a novel? A gripping story.
Now a new, small book about a big old one. It's not that I didn't know the story. Later, I read the classic comic book.
I began to work on this project because a multimedia producer was making a series for high school kids about books. He was worried that books are disappearing and he wanted to do something that would get kids interested in reading. So he asked several artists to pick their favorite books and write monologues about why they liked them.
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The first installment of this blog series was published on February About a third of the way through the novel, after long anticipation, the reader at last finds herself face to face with Captain Ahab—and via Ahab, introduced indirectly to that other looming presence that awaits us somewhere on the horizon, the Whale itself. At the same moment that this encounter occurs, two things happen simultaneously on the level of the narrative: first, the tone of the novel pivots abruptly, and second, Ishmael loses his solidity as a character.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Moby-Dick would have become the best-selling novel of the 19th century and Battle-Pieces and Aspects of War would today be routinely held up as the finest collection of poems about the Civil War ever written. Indeed, in a perfect world, Herman Melville would never have written a single word of the works that made him the definitive American writer.
I enjoyed the technical discussion because I have been writing an epic poem in blank verse, and subconsciously or consciously have been following all these rules, as well as others I generated for myself. I am writing biographical tales in blank verse about the lives and ideas of philosophers and scientists. I call it Scientia Hermetis, or Hermead of Surazeus.