I have never in my life sought out or purposely read an abridged version of a book. As soon as I was old enough to understand those children's classics on my bookshelf were abridged I went to my mom's bookshelves and found the "real" ones. But now I'm considering it. I need to give MOBY DICK another try. I've started it twice and put it down twice. I want to read this book. I feel it's a part of my literary education, but I just can't get through those long chapters about whale history and classification. Third times the charm right?
It's killing me that I'm even considering reading an abridged version. Plus, The Engineer is mocking me. He says if I can read WAR AND PEACE and ULYSSES then I should be able to handle a little whale. And he's right. Of course, WAR AND PEACE was interesting and fabulous and ULYSSES was required to graduate so I was a little bit motivated.
I know not every book is for every person and there are lots of classics I'm ok not reading. HEART OF DARKNESS anyone? But I really feel I need to read this book.
Has anyone read MOBY DICK? Which version did you read and what did you think? I can probably read the unabridged version if I skim (skip) the whale chapters but maybe that's what the abridged version is. Does anyone know?
What about you? Do you study the classics? Do your read abridged books?