Whale Why?


Minus ten points if you don't know why a literature blog would be called white whale. Time to brush up on that vital life skill, 19th century American fiction!

Herman Melville's MOBY DICK is a fabulous novel, and will grow your brain if you read it.

Besides, poor Melville had a rough life, his later works attracting headlines such as HERMAN MELVILLE CRAZY and eventually he died in obscurity, his talent unrecognised. Give him a break.

THE PRIVATE MEMOIRS AND CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER by James Hogg

The first appeal of this book is that the author was an eighteenth century shepherd who taught himself to read. It’s not so often that the ...