Farewell, oh Great Melville Project

Well, I’ve come to the end! Let me state the usual for a project recap: I did not do as much as I wanted, and I still have lots more I want to read! (Even more Melville: I did not read every single poem or short story, and hardly any of his letters.)

But…I did pretty much read all of Melville’s work, in chronological order, between last Thanksgiving and now. So I will congratulate myself in a pretty serious way. Also, it was awesome, and all my readers were awesome for somehow liking it. I already did a recap of the first half of the adventure, from Typee through White-Jacket, so now for the second half:

Now, who’s next, and how many years until I do this one all over again? Because you know I will have to.

13 comments to Farewell, oh Great Melville Project

  • Well DONE, Nicole! I’ve enjoyed the whole series, and kudos to you for sticking with it to the end (not that it seemed like much of a slog, but that’s still impressive).

  • Thanks, Nicole. I enjoyed reading your series so much I don’t feel the need to read Melville myself. (Only joking).

  • Congratulations! That’s an impressive reading project. I admire you for being so focused. And now I want to know what’s next! :)

  • I admire your commitment! And I wish I’d been along for the ride much sooner…

  • I’m so pleased for you that you finished your Melville project. Nothing like setting an ambitious reading goal and fulfilling it!

  • Thanks everyone! I’m tentatively thinking of a Nabokov read-through for a 2011 author-based project, and I still want to get through some Latin American literature this fall. But right now I just feel like celebrating and reading at whim for a bit :)

  • Oh, a Nabokov read-through is equally daunting and thrilling.

  • More daunting, actually, I’ve been thinking. It’s an awful lot of novels. I was thinking the other day whether I could pick out some kind of subset. But that seems like getting away from the spirit of the thing. Well, I’ve got some time to think about it!

  • The obvious Nabokov split is the nine novels that were written in Russian and the nine novels that were written in English. Of course, that doesn’t take into account the short stories and the fantastic non-fiction.

  • True; I hadn’t actually worked out that the split was so even. That makes things a bit interesting. One motivation-killer, though: with Melville, my pre-project favorite came right in the middle (Moby-Dick). With Nabokov, I have to wait until almost the very very end for Ada. (But then, just imagine how worth it that would be! Oh dear.)

  • I must revisit Ada sometime soon. You know, with Nabokov, even the minor novels have a vastness that makes him perfect for a read-through. I don’t think motivation would be a problem – you’ve got me tempted by a nine and nine read-through.

  • Whew–congrats. That’s some pretty heroic reading…

  • Wow!! This looks like an awesome project, Nicole. I’m excited to see this because I am JUST NOW reading my very first Melville! I like him very much, already. :-)

    I’m going to be returning to this often, and eventually read all of it. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Any projects planned for 2012?

    (PS – I’m also reading War and Peace right now. I hope to finish by the end of the year.)

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