Despite 15 years as a New Englander, I missed the annual reading of Moby Dick at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, but now I have another chance to hear it aloud. The Guardian reports on a broadcast launching tomorrow with a different person reading each of the “subversive, digressive masterpiece.”
Magnificent yet daunting, Moby-Dick stands as one of the great classics of American literature, much admired but – sprawling and intimidating – seldom read. Now an unlikely combination of fans including David Cameron, Tilda Swinton, Stephen Fry and Simon Callow are set to change that after joining the cast of an ambitious project to record the novel in its entirety.
Part of the Plymouth International Book Festival; not clear how to tune in though.
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For fans who can’t get enough of the whale, San Francisco Opera is presenting Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick in October