The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #171841   Message #4158478
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
23-Nov-22 - 08:45 AM
Thread Name: Great Books group
Subject: RE: Great Books group
I'll note here that in Melville's Moby Dick I've read criticisms that say "skip the chapter about the whale," but don't. It's wonderful. Also, when you're reading Clemen's/Twain's Huckleberry Finn, take it most seriously up to the last 12 chapters. Those chapters when the drama changes and Tom Sawyer appears were only added because the publisher thought the book wouldn't sell if Tom didn't appear. Now that is bollocks, and it reduced Jim's character to a trope, not a fleshed-out human being.