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Old 16-04-2014, 17:10   #31
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Re: Some free kindle books

I have the leatherbound book, and have had it for years...I started to read it several times, BUT....boredom overcame me! That book sux eggs! The movie was a whole lot better!
If anyone wants to have a leatherbound copy speak up. Mine is for sale.
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Miniyot:

I was in that predicament many years ago, when I
happened to talk to an English major specializing in
Melville's works.

Here's what he told me: At the time that Melville
wanted to publish his story, publishers had limited
capacity so they only were publishing works of
scholarly import. When he presented his story to
the publishers, they rejected it, citing that reason.

Melville, being the savvy guy he was, went home
and took a treatise on cetaceans and literally split
it into several sections. He opened his Moby Dick
story and shoved a few pages of his treatise in,
flipped a few pages forward, and shoved a few
more pages of the treatise in, and so on. Then
he took it back to the publisher who now saw
the scholarly value of the work and published it.

Now, the way to read Moby Dick, without becoming
bored: Read until the story line doesn't continue,
then skip a few pages until you find the storyline,
then continue. Do this throughout the book and
it will be one of the best books you have ever read.

Some people think of Melville as the father of modern
fiction, though his non-fiction works are amazing too.
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Thanks All...

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Re: Some free kindle books

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Miniyot:

I was in that predicament many years ago, when I
happened to talk to an English major specializing in
Melville's works.

Here's what he told me: At the time that Melville
wanted to publish his story, publishers had limited
capacity so they only were publishing works of
scholarly import. When he presented his story to
the publishers, they rejected it, citing that reason.

Melville, being the savvy guy he was, went home
and took a treatise on cetaceans and literally split
it into several sections. He opened his Moby Dick
story and shoved a few pages of his treatise in,
flipped a few pages forward, and shoved a few
more pages of the treatise in, and so on. Then
he took it back to the publisher who now saw
the scholarly value of the work and published it.

Now, the way to read Moby Dick, without becoming
bored: Read until the story line doesn't continue,
then skip a few pages until you find the storyline,
then continue. Do this throughout the book and
it will be one of the best books you have ever read.

Some people think of Melville as the father of modern
fiction, though his non-fiction works are amazing too.
So funny, I read the abridged version in college and they MUST have stripped out the treatise because it did carry me along pretty well.

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We came across this list through another forum: http://manybooks.net/categories/NAU
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It has always amazed me how Moby Dick is considered an American classic. I think it is one of the most boring books I have ever read (and I read a lot). I read the whole lot, thinking it must get better, but it never did. The only good bit is the last few dozen pages or so.
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