"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." -Andre Gide

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Novel Sunday

Watching the video of the whale crashing on the sailboat made me want to read Moby Dick!  I've never read this classic novel!  I am ashamed to admit it.  Well, I looked in my bookshelf and confirmed what I suspected to be true: I don't own Moby Dick.  But, I do own Mutiny on the Bounty!

So, I started reading this seft-proclaimed "greatest sea story of all time" after making the pate yesterday.  I am only on page 33 and it has pulled me in!  I am enthralled!  It is the story of a young man from Wales who is recruited on a 90 foot boat with 40 other men to travel to Tahiti and collect breadfruit and write a Tahitian-English dictionary.  The story takes place only a couple years after Captain Cook has made his famous journey to the South Seas. 

I'm rivetted!  This is a whole other level of poetry and depth to the sailor's life....well, to the First Mate's life more precisely!  What book will be next?  Old Man and the SeaRobinson Crusoe?  There are so many sailing themed classics worth reading!

It is time to make a pot of coffee on this gloomy Sunday morning and hunker down with my book and the Captain's Star Trek Snuggie!

1 comment:

  1. Ooh I've never read that!
    But I have read the Old Man and the Sea. Sadly I wasn't a big fan. It's a tiny book I read it in a few hours.
    I did enjoy Heart of Darkness (takes place mostly on a ship and part in the jungle of the Belgian Congo). Definitely recommend it! I read it last summer.


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