The Generous Orthodoxy of Herman Melville

For the past few summers I've been setting myself the task to read one classic novel.

This summer I read Moby Dick. It's a novel about a whale, who might be God, the devil, Nature, or who knows what. Scholars debate the matter. :-)

One of my favorite quotes, from early in the book, is from the narrator Ishmael who is reconciling himself to Queequeg's paganism:
Let him be, I say: and Heaven have mercy on us all - Presbyterians and Pagans alike - for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending.

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