Herman Melville, 1851
500-600 pp. (varies)
6. It's easy to spell—except for the hyphen (which everyone forgets).
7. It's great for the ego—do you know anyone else who's read it?
8. It's morally bracing—getting though it builds character.
9. It's hefty—builds bone mass & prevents osteoporosis.
10. It's useful—once you've read it, hollow it out—and you've got a safe for your valuables!
Truly, I hesitate to recommend Moby-Dick, but it's the grandest epic of the modern era—the real deal. It won't be easy, though, so take a look at the recommendations below for tackling Moby as a book club read:
See our Reading Guide for Moby-Dick.
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