The Friday 56 – Herman Melville

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted over at Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple and go something like this.

Friday 561.  Grab a book, any book.
2.  Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
3.  Find any sentence, (or a few, just don’t spoil it)
4.  Post it.
5.  Add the post url, not your blog url to the Linky.
6. Tweet it #Friday56 (not an official Freda’s Voice rule)

I’m pretty sure I don’t need to tell you where that first line is from.

Call me Ishmael.

Hmm, what can I possibly say about, in my opinion, the most iconic first line in literature? Honestly, not too much.

The Friday 56:

I asked him what might be his immediate purpose, touching his future movements. He answered, to go to sea again, in his old vocation. Upon this, I told him that whaling was my own design, and informed him of my intention to sail out of Nantucket, as being the most promising port for an adventurous whaleman to embark from. He at once resolved to accompany me to that island, ship aboard the same vessel, get into the same watch, the same boat, the same mess with me, in short to share my every hap; with both my hands in his, boldly dip into the Potluck of both worlds. To all this I joyously assented; for besides the affection I now felt for Queequeg, he was an experienced harpooneer, and as such, could not fail to be of great usefulness to one, who, like me, was wholly ignorant of the mysteries of whaling, though well acquainted with the sea, as known to merchant seamen.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

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So, what do you think? Have you ever read Moby Dick? If not, is it on your TBR?

7 thoughts on “The Friday 56 – Herman Melville

  1. I failed to read it in high school, punking out maybe a third of the way through. But then when I tried it again twenty years later, I really liked it. Hmmm….maybe it’s not a very good high school book!

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    • My sister had to read it in high school and she hated it. Complained about it the whole time. Thankfully I was spared and we had the same AP English teacher. Ha! I do believe that there are some books high schooler’s aren’t ready to appreciate. I was that way with Dickens.


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