The last time I read the book was, I think, sometime in the '70s and it's not a quick, easy read. But a rousing story full of many little tidbits —
“Consider the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure. Consider also the devilish brilliance and beauty of many of its most remorseless tribes, as the dainty embellished shape of many species of sharks. Consider, once more, the universal cannibalism of the sea; all whose creatures prey upon each other, carrying on eternal war since the world began.“
Yeah, it’s been high school since I read it.
It is intriguing reading for a saltwater fisherman. I like the symbolism
/metaphors throughout, especially the pulpit scene with Father Mapple.
Gregory Peck played the perfect Ahab. Can’t think of anyone more suited for the part. Quite a stretch in character from Addicus Finch in TKAMB. Don’t believe Hollywood will ever do a remake with the unpopular view of whale hunting in the present day. Who would they cast anyway, Jack Nickolson?
Glad you still like to read novels Ken. It would be the very start of the 80’s the last I read it... so “Call me Ishmael.”
I'm with you, it would be hard to remake the classic today and if they did it would probably be all special effects. As for reading, I average a couple of books a week although it's light reading, mostly mysteries. I keep the library in business.