The Daily Dick: Musings on the Greatest Novel Ever


"And now that all his successive meetings with various ships contrastingly concurred to show the demoniac indifference with which the white whale tore his hunters, whether sinning or sinned against; now it was that there lurked a something in the old man’s eyes, which it was hardly sufferable for feeble souls to see."

Musing: It seems the central theme of the book evolves here - did the whale take Ahab's leg on purpose or not? Is it worse to sin, or be sinned against? The language in this book is often spellbinding - the "demonic indifference" of a tragedy is just that, really. Don't we want everything to mean something? Isn't there a reason we suffer? I think Moby-Dick is hard to read for the same reason Melville says it is hard to look into Ahab's eyes.

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