Melville’s Advice

10 Apr

I am enjoying Melville’s gems of wisdom that are sprinkled throughout Moby-Dick.  I particularly like these two.

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian. chapter 3

[…] it’s better to sail with a moody good captain than a laughing bad one. chapter 16

I rather like these comparisons.  Perhaps we should try our hand at writing our own.

It’s better to slog through the original Moby-Dick with its encyclopedic chapters than to cheat and speed through an adaptation.

Keep telling yourselves that, readers.  It makes the chapters with plot all the more entertaining.

Capturing a Sperm Whale. Colored aquatint. Painted by W. Page. Engraved, printed, and colored by J. Hill.


Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Moby-Dick


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6 responses to “Melville’s Advice

  1. Jeannette

    April 10, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Better to blog with friends than write in a solitary journal that no one will read.

    • Christine

      April 11, 2012 at 6:46 am

      Awww. That’s nice. And wise.

      • Adriana @ Classical Quest

        April 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm

        I agree with Jeannette. So true.
        Wish I could think of some really sage advice to share, but I’m a little sleep-deprived of late. Better to be well-rested when giving advice than to utter things that make no sense!
        I’m should be back to blogging/ commenting soon ladies 🙂

      • Christine

        April 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        Following the 12th commandment is always a good idea.

  2. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    April 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Oh yes, true, you’re right. The thing is, is if I break the 12th, you can be assured I won’t break the 11th!


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