MOBY DICK -re-read by Mussmann
November 8th, 2020
I am re-reading Moby Dick.
I have done a lot of thinking about
Herman Melville’s great book and
have made 3 theater productions
based on the book.
This time I am going very slowly
through each chapter and feasting
on each delight.
There are some phrases that
haunt me such as the last
sentence of Chapter # 34
“And as when Spring and Summer
had departed that wild Logan of
the woods, burying himself in the’ hollow of a tree,
lived out the winter there,
sucking his own paws;
so, in his inclement, howling old age,
Ahab’s soul, shut up in a carved trunk of his body,
there fed upon the sullen paws of its gloom!”
This is such a beautiful and complicated
sentence it does one good to type each
word to understand the structure and
the content of the sentence.