After having read this quite long ago, and now being much older, I found a new appreciation as I read this book again. The richness of the language and the layers of insightfulness were not only enjoyably entertaining but encouragingly meaningful. Melville's words and passages conjure up feelings and issues I deal with in my life, gives some perspective on them, and surely made me thoughtful; and if I had more time I would go back and reread much, but alas, this busy world sails me on in its busy currents. Ishmael is a messenger, leviathan a huge presence in our lives, are we an Ahab or a Job?

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