Around 1500 pages
Another terrible book but hey, at least it is only 1500 pages right? Fortunately, I had already conquered this particular literary obstacle in high school.
The story sounds interesting enough but if you are expecting anything like Jaws, you are sorely mistaken. Actually, the most interesting thing about this novel is the beginning when Ishmael agrees to share a bed with a strange man. I mean, I know it is a different time but what? Anyway, after sleeping together Ishmael and Queequeg are great friends and board the Pequod, captained by Captain Ahab. Ahab, as everybody knows, is obsessed with catching Moby-Dick.
This novel is shockingly dull. I mean, when you read an entire chapter that is devoted to the color white, you realize that Melville simply wants to talk and unfortunately, you are stuck listening. Unfortunately, this is one of those books that everyone feels like they have to read. God help us all.
Received scathing reviews upon first release.