About a week ago I started to read the daunting novel, Moby Dick. My friend, SJ, and her husband, Paul, are also reading it, which I thought would be fun. Turns out 2/3s of us hate the book so far and I have no idea what Paul thinks of it! At first I was intrigued by the narrating character, Ishmael, and his perspective on being a sailor. He even spent about 5 pages talking about how he was apprehensive about sleeping with a random stranger because the inn was too full for everyone to have individual rooms/beds. But as I continue, it seems like the author is just rambling about crap that doesn't matter and I'm getting to that point where one continues to read and the words make sense but one is unable to comprehend what the author is saying.
I searched Google images in hopes of finding a picture of Ishmael, but, alas, I was only able to find random pictures of lots of black guys. I did find this picture when searching "Moby Dick" so maybe Ishmael is one of those fools behind that psycho Ahab?
From there I went to Wikipedia in hopes of finding out more about this apparently important character so I could appreciate him more and continue reading with gusto.
Ishmael was mentioned in the Hebrew Bible and the Quran, and is believed to be Abraham's oldest son. I guess there is some disagreement on his role in Islamic and Jewish cultures, but I don't care much about that. The only thing I really gain from Wikipedia is that Ishmael may be an alias as the first sentence in the book is "Call me Ishmael." HMMMM.
Well thanks, Wikipedia and Google images for failing MISERABLY in enlightening this eager mind.
I guess I will keep on keeping on with this book. Fingers crossed it gets better once Ahab is introduced and they are actually out to sea!