So the Classics Club Spin Number was posted this morning, and it's number 17. Which means Moby Dick it is for me, the one book on an otherwise excellent list that I was dreading! I'm starting to feel like an unlucky spinner - a few months I got the monster of a book that is Les Miserables and now this. On the positive side, at least I am being forced to knock these sort of books off my list!
What scares me about Moby Dick is that it's not just a story, I'm dreading all of the diversions about whaling and the technicalities of running a ship. The blurb on my copy also describes it as a 'hymn to democracy', which again makes me think it might be more of an ideas book than a plot book, which is one of my bookish pet peeves. I'm expecting the pacing to be glacial at best.
But I do want to read it, as it's so loved, and so I can understand a bit more about American classics. I've had a copy for around ten years, but I've never been able to pick it up and read it, always selecting something 'easier' at the last minute. I put it on my classics club list to give myself a deadline to try it, and now the spin has just forced that deadline ahead a bit.
As it's such a big book and as I have a newborn son, making me prone to sleep deprivation, my plan of attack is little and often. My copy has 135 chapters, I'm hoping to work through a few a day until I get to the end. That way I can continue to read other books alongside it. Wish me luck!
Did you take part in the spin? If so, are you happy with your book?