How many books can be recognized by the few opening words……not many. Perhaps Tale of Two Cities, and Moby Dick.
November 14th, 1851, Moby Dick was published. It flopped. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that it gained recognition as one of our classic pieces of literature.
- “All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick. He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it.”
– Moby Dick, Herman Melville
Powerful, isn’t it……….we are all Ahabs, in quest of our albino demons…….we spend our lives searching, outrunning, outwitting him……..Ultimately, some realize, he lay within us all the time………
Sometimes the hunter harpoons the demon……
Sometimes the demon swallows his soul….
Sometimes, the two merge as one.