I was wondering if anyone reading Moby Dick right now or even in the past has read Sena Jeter Naslund's book Ahab's Wife? I finished it a week or so ago, and I thought it was excellent.
I loved Ahab's Wife, from it's memorable opening sentence all the way to the end. A wonderful historical of the sea, Nantucket, and whaling. It's been a couple of years since I've read it, but it's spurred me on to a revisit to Nantucket, and the books March, American Bloomsbury, and the Scarlet Letter, all connected by Melville, Emerson, Hawthorne.
May 3, 2007 11:43 am
I am not familiar with the book but I am reading Moby Dick at the moment (up to part 175). Does it directly relate to Moby Dick and so should I wait until I have finished it before reading this?
May 7, 2007 8:14 am
I read it before finishing Moby Dick and still found I could follow it. I would definitely recommend you read it! I loved the book. Of course, I haven't checked in here in a while, and if you were at 175 more than a month ago, you must be getting close to being finished.
Jun 17, 2007 12:14 pm
Yes! Less than 40 installments to go now.
The film was on tv a few weeks ago and I recorded it but I am determined not to watch it until I am finished with the book because whilst I want to watch the film again, I do not want it to colour my perception of the characters in the book.
Thanks for the recommendation. I will see if I can find the book.
Jun 20, 2007 12:49 pm
Ahab's Wife is a gorgeous, sweeping novel that takes one sentence from MD and expands upon it. It's wonderful to get the other perspective, while Ahab is at sea what his wife was doing and more importantly how she got to be the person she was.
I read MD so long ago that all that's stuck with me is the whiteness of the whale so I am now plodding through... "Terrors upon terrors run shouting through his soul..."
Aug 4, 2008 4:26 pm
I recently purchased Ahab's Wife and I was wondering if it would be better to read Moby Dick first or is it just all relative? Im worried about missing subtle references/other pertinent information to the plot.
Jul 9, 2009 6:15 pm