Drag Queen of Dragons
- Apr 2, 2012
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A novel having a beginning, middle and end (in that order) seems to be a fairly modern concept. Books from the 1850s seem to start in the middle and then branch out in all direction, with the author putting down everything he knows about a subject as if this will be their one and only chance to get a book published. I quite liked Moby Dick because I learnt a great deal about whaling, how the native Americans hunted whales with bow and arrow if they strayed into coastal inlets, how Baleen whales were hunted in the arctic for corset stays etc. The only thing I didn't come away with was any impression of the 'obsession' of Captain Ahad that people bang on about (maybe they never actually read the book).
Umberto Eco, Thomas Pynchon and many others have kept the "I'm going to shove everything into my book" trope going into the 21st century.