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    Quote Originally Posted by Prasutigus View Post
    What is an 'overly wordy book' exactly?
    For example

    '“And, as for me, if, by any possibility, there be any as yet undiscovered prime thing in me; if I shall ever deserve any real repute in that small but high hushed world which I might not be unreasonably ambitious of; if hereafter I shall do anything that, upon the whole, a man might rather have done than to have undone; if, at my death, my executors, or more properly my creditors, find any precious MSS. in my desk, then here I prospectively ascribe all the honor and the glory to whaling; for a whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.”

    Could have been written
    'I owe all that I achieved and will achieve due to my time on a whaling ship'

    But why use 18 words when you can use a 100
    Last edited by jordanbasset; 20-04-18 at 07:15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jordanbasset View Post
    For example

    'But why use 18 words when you can use a 100
    It would have been a pamphlet with that approach :'

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    His reading public found Melvilles early works readable and he made a fortune but Moby Dick was a flop......no wonder!

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    Some good in it though.
    Probably the best first line in a book “ Call Me Ishmael “

    Or Ahabs justifications "Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me."

    Or his final hunt "Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee."

    all good stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulieraw View Post
    It would have been a pamphlet with that approach :'
    At least I would have finished it

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    Quote Originally Posted by jordanbasset View Post
    At least I would have finished it

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