There are a lot of books out there, "classics," if you will, which enter into a sort of grand checklist- any self-respecting book lover/bookseller is assumed to have read them. But no one can get around to ALL of them, especially the ginormous ones. Out of the many bookstores I have worked in and even more booksellers I count among my dear friends, I find Moby Dick to be the one "classic" that is missed most...and it, the GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL! Maybe it's the hefty size, or being forced to read it in high school, or the ever-feared chapters on knot-tying. So yes, I take a certain pride in having read it. Especially when all of my coworkers are so well read; slogging through David Foster Wallace, while I tuck into a romance novel (no judgment!). Moby Dick is the heart of my bookseller street cred.
|Another truly awesome adaptation|
The Moby Dick Big Read, a new website/art installation, has undertaken the grand task of offering this magnificent tome to you, free of charge, downloadable, and read by some of today's most awesome people. I'm talking Tilda Swinton, and Stephen Fry, and so many more. Ah-mah-zing! As of September 16th, this awesome art collaboration has been posting a chapter a day; downloadable, completely free, and accompanied by the most amazing original art. Here is a little bit from their website:
|Queequeg By Timothy Woodman|
Featured with Chapter Six: The Street
So this is it. If you've ever wanted to be a part of that select group of people who have tackled, and adored Moby Dick, now is your chance. I myself can't wait to submerge once again into the depths of this truly remarkable, life-altering masterpiece. Join me, won't you?