Is Moby Dick too long?

Perhaps not the question to ask Trollopians who are celebrating his bicentenary by the publication of the full-length restored edition of his final Palliser novel The Duke’s Children with 65,000 or so words added back in.

Could all the stuff about whales and ships’ construction be edited out to leave a pared down novel that focuses on the human element?

To find out go to:

And maybe then head down to the Southbank Centre and hear the whole thing (OK minus a bit of the general background stuff on whales) read out loud over four days, starting on Thursday 1 October.


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