Comment from: Hinermad [Visitor]

“That isn’t the way you begin a story!”


What, no remarks about Persian hookers? (Just kidding. I imagine talk like that is discouraged at school.)

I remember seeing a blog with a list of books that people didn’t actually want to read, but that they wanted to have read. Books whose titles could be dropped in conversation to impress someone, but that didn’t really have any other appeal. I believe Moby Dick was on that list. (But so was Lord of the Rings, so I think the list was probably created to provoke comments rather than provide knowledge.)


11/09/13 @ 14:26
Comment from: Aunt Bann [Visitor]
Aunt Bann

Believe it or not, I loved Moby Dick. Of course, I was an adult when I read it, and never had a book shoved in my face that way. I read from about 4 years old, and was reading 4th and 5th grade material by the time I started school at 6 (they didn’t have kindergarten then, as far as I know). One of the children (about 10-12 or older, thought I was just looking at the pages and pretending, until I started reading it out loud to him.

11/09/13 @ 14:30
Comment from: Eva [Visitor]

I never read Moby Dick and every time I hear about it I’m glad no one ever made me.
I usually read everything I came across as a child, so out of school I never encountered a reading list. School was different of course. Mostly I like the books I had to read, with one very clear exception. I really, really, really hate Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Detest it!

11/09/13 @ 14:39
Comment from: Jam [Visitor]

I was that way about Ulysses. I still own my copy from school, but I don’t think I could ever bring myself to attempt reading it again.

11/10/13 @ 11:00
Comment from: diana [Member]

Aunt Bann, the book wasn’t shoved in my face, exactly. It was on my list, and I was offered what was, at the time, a princely sum to read it. :D Call it bribery if you wish. I still think Daddy’s idea was a terrific one. I just ran into a book I couldn’t get. Yes, I could have forced my eyes to trace each line, but I’ve never mistaken that for reading, so I took the only other option available.

I read the SparkNotes summary on it this morning. It’s an interesting story, if told in 500 words or less. :)


11/10/13 @ 14:08
Comment from: Aunt Bann [Visitor]
Aunt Bann

There have been some books that I just had to quit trying to read. I can’t tell you a single name of one that I didn’t read, though; the book was erased from my memory when I quit trying to read it. And I may have picked one of them up, later, and read the entire book and enjoyed it. I don’t know!

11/11/13 @ 19:15
Comment from: Roger [Visitor]

Moby Dick was one of the greatest books I ever read. So there. Rog

12/02/13 @ 18:08
Comment from: diana [Member]

Well, you are a nutter sailor, Rog. Knowing you, you’ve probably even been whaling. I wouldn’t put it past you. Which means you probably read the book judging it for authenticity….


12/09/13 @ 17:07

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