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I have something wonderful. Yesterday we got tax refund. I went out and bought a Kindle. Big expense for me, but the rest is for bills, and we can get textbooks on it.  Now I don't have to feel so left out, and can read all those downloads.

Right away I put on Moby Dick, and Wind in the Willows. (Both free! How great is that?) Somewhere I had mislaid my hard copies of those books. Can't believe I would be so short sighted as to put them in storage.

Anyway, i jumped right in with 'Call me Ishmael.' (Saving mole and rat for after, if I'm not tired by then of messing about in boats, which I may well be.)

I had read MD years ago as a young teen. I remember wallowing in the language, but had not realized how funny it was. The whole interaction at the Spouter Inn had me giggling last night. Ishmael and Queequeg are so funny together. Do you guys remember the scene where Q is out trying to sell his shrunken heads, but can't because the New Bedford shrunken head market is saturated? Or the part where Ish is in Q's closet trying on his clothes? Or the cuddling in bed scene? Or the part where they arrive in Nantucket, and get lost and won't ask for directions?

Also it is nice to hear New Bedford described as a lovely place full of stately trees. It was hit hard in modern times, the mills on the Acushnet river were all outsourced, and nobody would describe it as lovely now.

So I am reading and laughing, and wiggling with delight, and every so often I have to go do something useful because the words are just too much. Son is 20, and has not read Melville. He says he is intrigued.

Someday, when I get my head into the fresh air again, I might ask for download reccs.

In the meantime, I am, indeed an altered toad!

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anteros_lmc
Apr. 16th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Hehe! Enjoy your new kindle! A ward of warning though, don't let it get cold. They're sensitive little things and die in cold weather. Seriously. They barely function below zero degrees as I found to my cost while trying to read mine on the bus to work last winter.

I also have some recs I can pass along if you want! I use mine primarily for reading original AoS stuff from google books or for reading charliecochrane's Cambridge Fellows novels.

Can you believe that I have never read Moby Dick though?! I am a philistine.
eglantine_br
Apr. 16th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
I especially want the Cambridge Fellows. Thought of that right away. I will keep it from the cold. Maybe I could get something like a tea cozy...

i want to get some POW accounts too. You probably know how to do that.

I think that I read Melville much too young the first time. He is so much better now! And when we are 70, he will be better still. So you have time. And you are so not a Philistine.

And there is Archie pretending to read, while listening to Simpson being horrible. I think that may be my favorite icon ever.
anteros_lmc
Apr. 16th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
You can actually buy little kindle cozies! I think mine probably needed a hot water bottle though :}

The Cambridge Fellows books are fab and I can can point you to the download linked for some of the POW stuff anytime. It's also worth getting Osler's biography of Pellew, think that was the first thing I downloaded.

I'm afraid I am a bit of a Philistine when it comes to American literature. I am woefully under read there.

Same scene, a minute later. Poor Archie.
anteros_lmc
Apr. 17th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
I especially want the Cambridge Fellows.
I've just remembered, didn't charliecochrane say that you and download Lessons in Love free for a limited period of time? She mentioned it in the post about the fabulous octopus :)
eglantine_br
Apr. 17th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
I'll check. That would be great.
vsee
Apr. 16th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
MD is most awesome read aloud, because you can really get into the flow of the language and hear the humor and all. I am huge consumer of audiobooks and the computer voice reading text aloud.

I totally forgot that part about the shrunken heads till you mentioned it.
eglantine_br
Apr. 16th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
It had not occured to me that I could get it as an audio book! (I am shamefully new at all this.) I may do that after, just for the fun of listening, and let it sink in better the second time through.

You are so right about the language, Vsee. Melville has a dexterous self aware voice that is a joy to wallow in. There is something there that is a little reminiscent of Mark Twain, although Twain is not so pretty.

Anyway, I am writing the next H and A chapter too. I have not gone over to intake only! Should be up in the next few days.
nodbear
Apr. 16th, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
Haven't got a Kindle as Anteros report on them was mixed - some of the historical stuff we download doesn't get coped with very well
but am about to start reading Moby Dick in German (christmas present from volgivagant and side by side with the book about whaling which you kindly sent - should keep me occupied over Easter and on plane to visit Volgivagant in three weeks time ( YAY !)
Not sure I can manage it in German but determined to give it a try
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