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December 3, 2018


#Non-fiction: Moby Dick as Philosophy

by N@ncy



  1. The author’s goal:
  2. link Herman Melville’s Moby Dick
  3. with the philosophical insights of
  4. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Nietzsche.
  5. I was searching for enlightenment about
  6. philosophy vs Melville’s Mody Dick but
  7. felt more confused at the end of the book
  8. …than at the beginning.
  9. Writing style helps to establish an author’s unique perspective.
  10. It helps our understanding of how they tell their stories.
  11. I got no help from Mark Anderson.
  12. While dealing with the grandeur of philosophy 
  13. insignificant wording just isn’t going to cut it.
  14. Anderson’s elaborate word choice
  15. …combined with  complicated sentence structure
  16. made this complex book….even more of a challenge.
  17. It is no wonder after 50% I started to skim
  18. …for only information about Melville and left
  19. the author to go down other rabbit holes.
  20. I did not follow him!


Last thoughts:

  1. Mark Anderson’s flame that drives his passion for
  2. metaphysical speculation
  3. …felt like the fires of purgatory for me….a punishment.


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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ha, ha, it doesn’t surprise me that you didn’t like this one. It sounds like you need a cleansing after this one. Can’t wait to see what your next read will be!


    • Dec 4 2018

      The book really disappointed me. I found a dissertation about Moby Dick by a young South Korean….and I learned so much more. The author was just over explaining and liked the sound of his voice…boviating.



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