After years of superficially reading Moby Dick, floating on Melville's genius use of language, following characters without ever caring about the genesis of their names, skimming over the informational chapters, I decided to reread one of my favorite novels in depth by carefully reading every line and checking all unknown biblical and literary references. And I hate it. Big Hate!
Who was this guy? Melville has experienced and researched every aspect of whaling, whalers, whale anatomy, whale habitat, whale diet, songs about whales, whales in art history, biblical whales, fish that were once mistaken for whales, names for whales, names for whales that are no longer used, uses for whale blubber, whale oil, and all of the tools and clothing a whaler could possibly ever need! His biblical references are epic, and since I am not a religious person or particularly versed in the Bible, I've had to look up almost every damned one.
This particular read almost has me licked, I won't admit defeat. I’ll keep going even though I run the risk of being completely annihilated, like Ahab, by this leviathan.