This is a little different than Oprah's club. I haven't read this book, nor do I plan on ever reading it. Join my club (take my button), don't read this book!
First problem with this book - what's missing from the cover? Oh, I don't know, maybe some crazy big albino whale? It's about a whale, not some boring old ship (I think, I haven't read it). Ship = dull, psycho whale = cool. How am I supposed to accurately judge a book by its cover if the cover isn't somewhat relevant to the content?
Further problems with this book are sentences like this:
"We saw young Leviathan amours in the deep1"
1 - The sperm whale, as with all other species of the Leviathan, but unlike most other fish, breeds indifferently at all seasons; after a gestation which may probably be set down at nine months, producing but one at a time; though in some few known instances giving birth to an Esau and Jacob; 272
272 - Esau and Jacob twins born to Isaac and Rebecca; see Genesis 25:24.
Genesis 25:24 - I'm not looking that up.
Any sentence that takes that much effort to understand is too much like work, and I don't want to work in my free time. PLUS, since when were whales fish? If Herman Melville didn't know that whales were mammals, then I don't really want to know what else he 'knew' about them.
Anyways, book #1 in my club is Moby Dick. Join the club, don't read it!