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Day 13

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Chapters 54-55

March 30, 2022 by Yiyun Li

The Town-Ho chapter could be a stand-alone short story. Moby Dick as the executioner of Radney, the tyrannical coward, and the savior of the wronged Steelkilt: justice can be as fable-like, fantastical, and unreal as the white whale.

“No need to travel! The world’s one Lima.” That wise observation echoes Marco Polo in Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities: “Every time I describe a city I am saying something about Venice."

“The great Leviathan is that one creature in the world which must remain unpainted to the last.” All that matters most in life must have a space on that list of unpainted and unpaintable subjects.

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