An interesting idea that would have been vastly aided by better execution. If you’re going to look at 500+ drawings, it’s best if you appreciate the style of the artist. I admit that it was a nice break, as I was reading Moby-Dick and cross-referencing with the 1952 Hendricks House notes, to then dip into this book and flip through the pages that I had just read. But I never looked forward to seeing how Kish had depicted the scenes. Most interesting is his summarizing of Melville’s sayings as Aphorisms (although I noted a few in reading that he missed):
- Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian
- A good laugh is a mighty good thing and rather too scarce a thing
- I’ll try a pagan friend… since Christian kindness has proved but hollow courtesy.
- Nothing exists in itself
- If you can get nothing better out of the world, get a good dinner out of it, at least
- When a fellow’s soaked through, it’s hard to be sensible, that’s a fact