You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'
When we read The Call of the Wild in the fall, I thought that it was a challenging book. This being said, I could keep up with the reading and understand the basic points with out a overwhelming effort. It was one of the toughest books I have read but became enjoyable because of the great writing (after you get used to it) and universal themes. I am currently about thirty chapters into Moby Dick and Call of the Wild seems like a cake walk. It looks as if The Call of the Wild was just a dulled down version of Moby Dick. I can see the same kind of life lessons coming out of Moby Dick , the same captivating plot. It only took me a couple of chapters to get used to The Call of the Wild I was also more drawn to the writing and the plot I’m that book. I am still not truly comfortable with Moby Dick. The writing can be so sluggish that it takes me a couple minutes to finish one page, the vocab in the book has been so challenging that I have to look up tons of words, this has been extremely troublesome for me because I usually and very comfortable with vocab and having to change my approach to reading has been hard. The easiest way to understand the book that I have found has been listening. My routine whenever I have to read is to read the shmoop then listen to the book while I read along. This has helped me to go slow and just try to soak in as much information as possible. The Call of the Wild ended up being worth reading, I will try to keep a positive attitude about Moby Dick and hope for a positive result