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  3. He mentioned 3 books: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Homer’s The Odyssey and Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front. He also said The Odyssey’s themes have worked there way into his songs and at the end of the lecture he quoted Homer. So all in all I would pick The Odyssey as the most influential for him.

  4. Man, Moby Dick is huge. It’s going to take a lot of time and work to get to the ending. If it gets too hard, and you know you’re not that close to finishing, just give it a rest until it’s exciting again. Most importantly – have fun with it!

  5. @Clinton: Except that The Odyssey isn’t a novel (it is an ancient Greek epic poem–and originally devised as an oral work, one can hardly call it intentionally a book, although print versions are now available), and All Quiet on the Western Front is not English literature–it is German (although translations are available).

    Dylan’s Nobel lecture itself is embarassing–the balance is basically his extremely superficial summary of the three works, which would be unacceptable of even a college freshman in a World Lit. survey course. But it is worth noting (i.e. this is why it is pertinent) that we are reading a text that he cited as a formative influence–the only American work–indeed the only work in English–that he mentioned. He is a talented musician, by general account, and a Nobel prize winner, so it is noteworthy, if nothing else, that we are reading a work which he claims inspired him.

    That said, Bob Dylan should stick to writing music. His literary critique and analysis has the depth of a puddle.

    That is no slight on Moby Dick either, which I have said and continue to maintain is the greatest American novel yet published–and it may even be the greatest piece of American literature full stop (although Whitman’s Song of Myself would give it a run for its money).

  6. @DM: I always have fun with Moby Dick. It’s a tremendously funny book. Chapter 1 is written with a wryly mischievous humour that I find deeply appealing. One has to pay attention to ‘get it’ at times, as it can be a bit cerebral, but it is intensely rewarding to the attentive.

  7. Other selections that were under consideration but which did not make the cut (this time):

    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
    The Book of Three, Lloyd Alexander
    Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie
    The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
    David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
    The Three Musketeers, Alexander Dumas
    Mister Midshipman Hornblower, C. S. Forester
    Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
    The Trial, Franz Kafka
    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis
    The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
    The Song of Roland, Anonymous French 11th-12th C.
    Beren and Luthien, J. R. R. Tolkien
    The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope
    Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Verne
    Short stories from the Jeeves series, P. G. Wodehouse

    Maybe next time!

  8. Bob Dylan has a great way with words, and a magnificent artist (I’m a fan), but he’s not a great critic. It’s a different skill set.
    I’s love to hear Roland, Les Miserables, or Jules Verne in the future.

  9. @DM: In contrast to the usual Lusipurr.com policy, when it comes to book selections, your feedback is important.

  10. I’ve come to really enjoy the literary sanctuary sections in the podcast, my favorite when it was Zoltan’s Reading Room for “A Confederacy of Dunces”. A very good book, one that enlightens and entertains at the same time. I look forward to the same for Moby Dick.

  11. @lusipurr: I have never read it on my own, but I think if you read The Three Musketeers that would be pretty entertaining.

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