My impressions from Moby Dick.
- It's a hard book to read. The first time I tried reading it was in high school. I couldn't finish it. The second time was in university. I still couldn't finish it. The third time was a charm, in 2019-2020.
- The way the guy combines the styles of novel writing and play writing is astounding.
- His facility for quoting and referencing other works, especially scripture, is next-level.
- The main character, Captain Ahab. Wow. Speechless.
Lesson to remember. Herman Melville didn't achieve any fame for Moby Dick whilst alive. In fact I read somewhere that he died poor. It confirms my suspicion that writing, like virtue, must be it's own reward. Especially if you hit flow. That's something worth fighting for.
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