A review of this — 7 years ago
Starts off strong, and is wonderfully interesting. And then, all the tangents become a bit much. About 1/2 through, it became a trial.
When Melvillie is writing about the Pequod and her hands, I could not put the book down. When the tangents go on and on… not so much.
This is a good book for evenings, a chapter at a time. It’s to be savored. For subway reading and the like, when you need a distracting plot, try something else.