We’re one hundred and ten chapters into this novel, and have yet to see the title character, Moby-Dick himself. There has been a lot of build up, which means these final chapters are going to include one epic whaling battle. Or at least that’s what I’m anticipating. It’s an adventure story, after all, there better be an exciting climax!
Anyway, I was poking around the internet and found that they recently turned this book into an opera, which is a very strange mash up of genres. Apparently the show was running at the Kennedy Center last month, and last fall was performed in San Francisco and had a PBS special. Check out this clip:
I wonder how they interpreted the whale and the gross oil harvesting on stage? I mean, I did see a theater performance of Singing in the Rain once where it literally rained on stage, but hopefully they didn’t go for any weird whaling special effects…
This is our last discussion before finishing the novel. I can’t believe we’re this close to finishing Moby-Dick! I’m pretty excited to add this book to my “read” Goodreads shelf 🙂
Question #1 – Queequeg nearly dies, then pulls through and goes on living aside his coffin. Did you think this is an omen of things to come?
Question #2 – In one scene, the crew finds a leak in the oil casks and needs to shore the boat, but Ahab refuses, saying he is God of the Pequod, and he has decided to go after the whale. He later changes his mind, and lets the crew repair the casks and without risking the loss of their entire haul. How did this scene effect your perception of the captain?
Question #3 – In this section, Captain Ahab finally meets another captain who has seen the white whale recently and is anxious to hunt the creature down. How do you think the final showdown between man and beast will end? Will Ahab get his revenge, or will nature prevail (dun dun dunnn….)?
Assignment: Finish Moby-Dick.