That is how I feel.
Yet I am sad that after 14 days of hearing his voice in my head, Ishmael and I will be parting.
I'm not yet certain what to say about this (less than an hour after finishing the book), but I wanted to mark the moment. I just know I am glad I read it.
What other people have said about this book that I agree with:
...it is a great lesson in "how to pursue a pointless battle to its bitter, violent, inevitable end." By which we meant, in part, reading the book.
The level of language is like no other.
I think I developed a complicated relationship with this book. On the one hand, I never sat down to read it thinking, "Ooh, boy! Let's read!" It often felt more like a task or quota to fulfill than enjoyment. But, when I did sit down to read it, I usually, at some point, felt a large swell of joy and greatness that I rarely feel these days, often from the sheer complexity and beauty of the language.
NPR's piece on Why Read Moby Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick.