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Old 12-11-2012, 07:48 PM
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tbf melville is a completely different kettle of fish to dickens. dickens would be indistinguishable from every other victorian melodramatist if it weren't for a knack for quirky characters and a socialist stick up his arse. it is good quality plot-driven narrative fiction and nothing more. moby-dick, on the other hand, is timeless; it's not something you read but something you live. it has more in common with paradise lost than great expectations.

"bartleby the scrivener" and "billy budd" are classics in their own right, too.
Bear in mind I appreciate both Melville and Dickens. I'm just pointing out how the perceptions of them can be culturally driven

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Old 12-12-2012, 07:12 AM
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