Initially I had thought to do a chapter a week, but quickly realised that with 136 chapters it would take way too long. Trying to fit Moby Dick into just one month felt too ambitious as well. A chapter a day is too much (for me right now) so I will simply set a start date and end date with the idea of reading and listening to 3-4 chapters a week.
The 1st August 2019 is Melville’s 200th birthday, so that feels like an auspicious start date.
He started writing Moby Dick in February 1850, so I thought that would make a good finish line for us, 170 years later.
So, the 1st August 2019 – 29th February 2020 – that’s 30 weeks of Moby Dick with 4 and half chapters a week to read and listen to. I should be able to do that (& still read other stuff as well). What about you?
I will put up a monthly post to see how everyone is going and provide encouragement. I will attempt to tweet quotes from each chapter and share images of my copy of Moby Dick in the wild.
For further inspiration, I plan to read Nathaniel Philbrick’s Why Read Moby-Dick? before the 1st August and will share any insights with you.
If you’re keen to join in, let me know below and please share my button on all the social media platforms you like to use.
I played around with a few hashtag possibilities, but my ideas became rude, crude and undesirable very quickly!! So I have decided to keep it simple #MobyDickReadalong.