Thursday, October 13, 2011

Why Read Moby Dick?

Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea, has a new short book (which he reads on audio) titled WHY READ MOBY-DICK?  Cited by many as the greatest novel ever written, Melville's classic is a daunting literary masterpiece that follows no formula, as do the bestselling slasher McNovels of today.  It's a quintessential American tale told on a large canvas, and in no hurry to be resolved.  Why read it?  Because after you do you will realize that accepting death while still alive is the key to appreciating life in all its unordered, unanticipated quirkiness and beauty.  You might even forego turning up the thermostat on a cold night--a small choice toward reconnecting with the natural world. . . and then realizing that you don't need everything they say you need.  Penguin Audio; 2 1/2 hours  The novel Moby Dick can be heard on audio read by Frank Muller.

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