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Re: Great Literary Quotes

Originally Posted by ShoalFinder View Post
Melville's writing is fantastic. So, too, is his sense of humor. Moby Dick has some of the funniest passages I have ever read in classic literature, on the same level as Twain- and that's saying something. I have always regarded Twain and Steinbeck as the two greatest American writers, with no close second. Melville is one of the greats and the only reason I don't personally rank him with Twain and Steinbeck is that Melville tends to go off on wild tangents in Moby Dick and the story suffers for it. Still a wonderful book by any account.
For sure. Melville explicates more than you ever wanted to know about whaling ships:-)

Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
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