Ben wrote:You've obviously never read Hawthorne's other boring as piece of shit The Last of the Mohicans. While both are terrible swipes of the conventions of European writers of the time, Last of the Mohicans has a certain dryness to it that really pushes it over the top on the shit scale. Although, to be fair, most early American literature is awful.
Moby Dick, on the other hand, is incredible. Read it again and try not to let the awesomeness fly over your head this time.
First of all, I'd just like to say that Hawthorne didn't write Last of the Mohicans. That was James Fenimore Cooper, and there's an excellent essay by Mark Twain about why Cooper is the worst writer in in the history of the world called "The Literary Offenses of James Fenimore Cooper", it's pretty fucking hilarious.
Secondly, Moby Dick sucked. The story is awesome and the characters are great, but the fact that for much of the book every other chapter is a How To manual on whaling is incredibly tedious. I hate those chapters and they are boring as fuck. If those weren't there it would be a great book.