Monday, December 6, 2010
Reading the Classics with Paul- Moby-Dick- Week 12
The rest of this week's reading was taken up by Ishmael's description of a very large whale skeleton he saw one time. He then talks about whale skeletons, how big whales can get, what's inside a whale, what's outside a whale, and probably a lot of other things about whales I forgot mere seconds after I read them.
What happened to me was just this. I was gripped by Ahab's obsessive, leg-breaking leap back to the ship and likewise overcome realizing I was within 90 pages of the end of the book. Suddenly keenly aware that I am the last man standing in this series and therefore beholden to no one for the schedule, I think I've decided to muscle through and finish the book this week. Next week I intend to post my concluding post on the book. After which I will probably very soon post a sum up of the entire 10 essential classical series. Also a forthcoming post about Sir Thomas Browne and a Christmas decoration post.
Which I plan on doing in my copious free time. I suppose 'tis the season when we feel keelhauled by our obligations, even the self imposed ones. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have an appointment with three ghosts.