Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Uma and the Whale

Herman Melville's magnum opus, much like its namesake -- that tireless, relentless, white whale -- is considered by many to be unconquerable. To readers the world over, Moby-Dick is often their Moby-Dick. That one unattainable goal; constantly teasing, tormenting, mocking. What would be their crowning glory in an otherwise successful life of reading.
Umapagan Ampikaipakan in today's New Straits Times pays homage to Melville's novel and talks about our enduring fascination for whales.

4 comments:

Chet said...

I heard him on BFM 89.9 talking about Moby Dick, too, on the way home just now.

Anonymous said...

Hoare's Leviathan book is beautifully produced.

- Poppadumdum

Anonymous said...

My own personal whale: The Hunchback of Notre Dame ...
(although I have actually read the ending (yep, I'm one of those people), which was really interesting, but the beginnning - boy was it the slowest beginning ever ...)

-Jen

Damyanti said...

I can identify with Uma's struggle to finish Moby Dick. I had to read the abridged version first *blush* before I could continue with the whole book in its entirety.