Friday, October 10, 2008

Well, it's not like there's an election or financial crisis or anything.

So I'm glad our hardworking Massachusetts legislators are doing their bit to declare Moby-Dick the "state epic novel." How many of them do you think have read it? (I haven't.)

15 comments:

david elzey said...

Speranzo filed the bill at the request of fifth-grade pupils at Egremont Elementary School so they could follow the bill through the legislative process.

So the legislature is working on a bill filed by fifth graders... how many of them have read the book?

Roger Sutton said...

Apparently they read an abridged version in class together.

rebelbookseller said...

The Horn Book is just a hotbed of anti-intellectualism, aintcha?

rebelbookseller said...

The Horn Book is just a hotbed of anti-intellectualism, aintcha?

JLH said...

Well, some of us have read it. I've read it three times and love it!

Melinda said...

I read it last year, and it was pretty awesome, and I still can't figure out what the man was doing with that chapter on Cetology, but at the end there it was like, bang bang, Melville's silver hammer came down upon my head. That man is something else.

Anonymous said...

Didn't you all have to do this in grade school? Stndard social studies project - be grateful they weren't promoting a STATE INSECT!

Anonymous said...

You know it was not reading Moby Dick that caused LEonard Zelig all his problems.

Christina said...

After Bartleby the Scrivenger, I avoid Melville like the plague.

But I'm rather jealous of your "state epic novel." Now I'm off to research great works by Ohioans.

Anonymous said...

The cetology chapter is just there to weed out the easily discouraged. It's a great, powerful, wonderful, strange, sometimes funny, towering book.

Anonymous said...

It is discouraging to see such resentment of a magnificent novel - especially among so-called (or should I say self-proclaimed?) book people?)

Anonymous said...

It's discouraging to see how many "book people" (at least one assumes that's what they consider themselves to be) take pride in boasting their scorn for a magnificent novel.

Anonymous said...

from "discouraged anonymous, 12:50 PM": OOPS!!! I didn't understand the commenting procedure, hence the repetition.

Roger Sutton said...

I know, Discouraged Anonymous, the damned gold farmers have made me taken to moderating comments, which means they won't appear until I get to my computer. Am wondering if it's worth the tradeoff.

But I don't see why you're discouraged. Only Christina evinced any dislike of Melville. My problem is not with the book but with the use of it as ammo for a social studies assignment about bill-passing.

ManoloG said...

I've been reading it for years. Sometimes I read it to my daughter. After living in Boston for three years I realy enjoy it but I'm not sure I'll finish it some day. Spanish speakers have the same problem with El Quijote.