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Page history last edited by Brian Jennings 8 years, 8 months ago


Billed as Melville's "transition novel" between his adventure narratives and his more "mature philosophical" works.  Inspired by reading Moby Dick, one of the funniest books I have ever read.  Moby Dick inspired by an Esselman pick All Things Shining.  I think I shied away from Melville before, because the image I had was one of a philosophical realist whose entertainment value was nil--I couldn't have been more wrong. 


This book is killing me.  200 pages in, almost 1/2 way and I'm getting in touch w/ my students who say the books I assign just make them sleepy.  I'm lucky if I get through 5 pages a night before I'm comatose.  A great start but the middle is muddled.  Guess maybe that's what the critics mean by "transitional". Should have gone with some of his earlier works or some of his better known short works I haven't read.  I will, however, keep pushing on since 200 pages is too much of a commitment to walk away from at this point. 


8 pages at Nora's dance class and I nearly fell out of my chair.  Killing me.  I'm seriously considering bailing. 



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