Hi readers! It's been awhile. Eighteen whole months! Or more! Long enough that I really should re-introduce myself. I'm Astrid, a 31 year old Sydney-sider with myriad interests. I spent my twenties trying out many different careers, and now I've settled into a 9-5 reception/admin job because I realised that I work well with that… Continue reading I’m Back! And a Quick Re-Introduction.
Yay for smartphones! I'm typing this on my lunchbreak on my phone. I thought I'd post a quick update since it's been so long since my last post. And once again I missed out on Calendar Girls. I went away at the end of September and started a new job right after I got back.… Continue reading Quick Update
We gave three heavy-hearted cheers, and blindly plunged like fate into the Atlantic ~ Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Ishmael and Queequeg run into Elijah the prophet, while on the verge of finally setting sail.
For we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending. ~ Herman Melville, Moby Dick Well I finally cracked open Moby Dick again. And I fell right back into Ishmael's world. We return from Ishmael finding a ship, the Pequot, to find that Queequeg has locked himself into their inn room and won't… Continue reading Chapter 17. The Ramadan. & Chapter 18. His Mark.
Ishmael and Queequeg eat clam chowder at the Try Pots (while trolling Mrs. Hussey). Ishmael decides to ship out on the Pequod and Captain Peleg provides some back story for Captain Ahab.
We're back into the swing of things! Sorry about the silence. I mentioned briefly last week that this is around where I normally stop reading Moby Dick. Sometimes I get to the boat with Ahab, but rarely do I ever get further than right around here. It' not that far. So, let's get into it. Chapter… Continue reading Chapter 13. Wheelbarrow. & Chapter 14. Nantucket
Then there you lie like the one warm spark in the heart of an arctic crystal. ~ Herman Melville, Moby Dick ‘Nightgown’ contains the single passage that keeps bringing me back to Moby Dick, and probably the passage that resonates as most real with me: ‘But if, like Queequeg and me in the bed, the tip… Continue reading Chapter 11. Nightgown. & Chapter 12. Biographical.
Instantly an oily calmness floats out from the east, and the sea is still. ~ Herman Mellville, Moby Dick Here we have two very different chapters. 'The Sermon' is the longest chapter yet, I think, and also the most boring. At least to me. ‘A Bosom Friend’ returns us to the one-and-two page chapters. And I’m happy… Continue reading Chapter 9. The Sermon. & Chapter 10. A Bosom Friend.
The sky had changed from clear, sunny cold, to driving sleet and mist. ~ Herman Melville, Moby Dick As I said last week, this week I will give my thoughts on two chapters at a time, seeing as how each chapter of Moby Dick is about a page or two each. The two chapters in… Continue reading Chapter 7. The Chapel. & Chapter 8. The Pulpit.