Day 15Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
April 1, 2022 by Yiyun Li
Some chapters for April Fool’s Day! They remind me of a common complaint that this or that book is not for the fainthearted. Really, one wants to ask, has great literature ever been written to cater the fainthearted?
“Yet now that the creature was dead, some vague dissatisfaction, or impatience, or despair, seemed working in him.” This is precisely how I often feel after finishing a book. Writing a novel is not that different from chasing a whale.
“Sharks do mostly socially congregate, and most hilariously feast.” A congregation of sharks is terrifying, even more so when they start feasting on one another!