librerialondon‘Moby Dick’ — Herman Melville
As part of his ‘100 best novels’ series literary editor of The Observer Robert McCrum explains how a new reader can find their own way into the great American epic: ‘Moby-Dick is usually described as an elemental novel in which the outsider Ishmael is pitted against the fathomless infinity of the sea, grappling with the big questions of existence. That's not inaccurate, but there's also another Moby-Dick, full of rough humour, sharp comic moments, and witty asides. "Better sleep with a sober cannibal", says Ishmael, when forced to share a bed with the tattooed harpooner Queequeg, "than a drunken Christian." For those readers intimidated by the novel's bleak majesty, I think the humour offers a good way in.’ You can read his review here: http://bit.ly/2anKoTp
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