(Originally posted on Wix.com, on March 4, 2017)
Call me Ishmael! I mean, uh, Ella. Today, I return with a review of chapters 36 – 70 in the book Moby Dick. Although I gave the book a hard time in Part One, it’s started to grow on me a lot. It isn’t like any other book I’ve read, and it’s easy to become impatient with the slow movement. But eventually the slow pace grew on me, so, without further ado, chapters 36 – 70 of Moby Dick.
(I’m sorry for putting this out so late, I lost the book.) Also, due to the… quantity of Chapters in the book, this review will be four parts long.
Things have picked up in these next chapters… and… there was a whale! Though Moby Dick has not ‘officially’ been seen (rumors have been floating around), we have caught sight of a few other sperm whales. One of these whales was slain by Stubb in the most exciting chapter yet: Chapter 61. Though I’m sure you’re skeptical after I described the excitement Chapter 13: Chowder brought, but I guarantee that this chapter something unique.
Since the ocean was so peaceful, the crew falls asleep, just to be awoken by a pod of sperm whales. Stubb constantly shouts at everybody and soon they take down a whale. Since this chapter is so very exciting, the next chapters are filled to the brim with information I’ll probably never use, and there isn’t action at all. (But these chapters are quite descriptive.) Ishmael takes great lengths to inform us on the position of harpooners, the history of whale-steaks, and the controversy over whether whale blubber counts as skin.
Did you know that “Manilla rope has in American fishery almost entirely superseded hemp as a material for whale-lines; for, though not so durable as hemp, it is stronger, and far more soft and elastic”? Now you do! It’s actually very educational, and I now know more about whaling in the 1800s than almost everybody else.
Also, I wouldn’t recommend reading Moby Dick if you have something against whaling. Because according to our main character, whaling is just as noble a profession than all the others, including pirating! Ishmael is ready to fight anybody over this. He has counterarguments ready before you even start thinking about Pirating being better than Whaling.
I haven’t mentioned this yet… but this book’s writing is phenomenal. So. Many. Words.
But overall, I can’t imagine how much work the writer would’ve needed to do – it’s evident that Herman Melville knew what he was talking about. Soon, I suspect, we’ll meet Moby Dick. Maybe we won’t, perhaps we may never find this elusive whale. Either way, things are picking up and I can’t wait to continue reading the book!