Taking both form and inspiration from Ishmael’s abandoned "Cetalogical Dictionary," this highly original work muses on myth, representation, language, nature, consciousness, notions of spiritual quest, and other elements of Melville’s masterpiece. From "Accuracy" to "Wound," "Adam" to "Void," "Babel" to "Silence," these cross-referential, highly associative entries comprise an utterly singular work of art. A Whaler’s Dictionary is the mesmerizing product of a total immersion into one of the greatest novels in the English language.
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This book is like nothing else I've ever read. It's a book for anyone who's interested in everything, who loves words, who wants to hear a smart poet think. It's packed with beautiful meditations on intangible subjects, lingering meanders in defining the nebulous. Just don't try to read it in an order- remember to let yourself wander.