Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Moby Dick

An online friend asked me for a list of top-ten books to read, even though he's probably more erudite than I am!

Anyway, leaving aside my own masterpiece, I suppose I'd first recommend Melville's Moby Dick. A many-faceted work, it requires reading and re-reading for ever greater understanding, but each re-reading is a pleasure, as one dives ever deeper into the meaning and the madness of finite man on an infinite quest.



At 7:58 AM, Blogger TheBigHenry said...


I claim no erudition where literary criticism is concerned. Moreover, you have enumerated one of the famous classics that I have not read. Most of the books I have read were nonfiction. That is why I asked for a list of novels that you might recommend, since now that I am retired, I have more time to read fiction.

At 9:38 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Okay. Let me know if you like it. There are slow passages where little seems to be happening - and one could become bored - but such passages actually should receive special attention.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read books constantly...one of my many faults. And since my two TIA's (mini strokes in 2013 & 2014) I now have an added blessing. I can read a book, forget what I've read, and read it again with great pleasure...(Or that is what Linda Gay tells me)...


At 10:07 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I'm sorry to hear that, Uncle Cran, but I admire your gumption in seeing the humorous side.

Jeffery Hodges

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