Monthly Archives: March 2013

first sentence of chapter 60. The Line.

With reference to the whaling scene shortly to be described, as well as for the better understanding of all similar scenes elsewhere presented, I have here to speak of the magical, sometimes horrible whale-line.

first chapter of chapter 61. Stubb Kills a Whale.

If to Starbuck the apparition of the Squid was a thing of portents, to Queequeg it was quite a different object.


first sentence of chapter 63.. The Crotch.

Out of the trunk, the branches grow; out of them, the twigs.

first sentence of chapter 62. The Dart.

A word concerning an incident in the last chapter.

from biblioklept: one star Amazon reviews of Moby-Dick

When we are seeking out unknown texts, we tend to look for those that have “earned” (a strange social sort of earning, but that is another post, isn’t it) the four and five star reviews. The one-star review books we tend to avoid.

So what about our well-loved texts and the people who encounter them, find them somewhat lacking, and award them … only a single (or partial) star?

Those poor, poor deluded Misunderstanders of What We Love.

But the reviews are intriguing.  Thank you, Biblioklept, for collecting and sharing one-star reviews of our beloved Moby-Dick.



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first sentence of chapter 64. Stubb’s Supper.

Stubb’s whale had been killed some distance from the ship.