I am so excited about this!
. . . The Moby-Dick Big Read: an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud, by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown, to be broadcast online in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible.
The project assembled a large and illustrious cast of readers. A few highlights:
- Stephen Fry (Jeeves) reading Chapter 10, “A Bosom Friend”
- Prime Minister David Cameron reading Chapter 30, “The Pipe”
- Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) reading Chapter 58, “Brit”
You may remember I posted a few lesson ideas for Moby-Dick last summer. Here is an excellent accompaniment! Download the chapters on iTunes, Sound Cloud, or subscribe to it in your podcast app (search for Moby-Dick Big Read).
Visit the Moby-Dick Big Read website here, and follow the links for each chapter to view the artwork, like the piece featured at the top of this post by Jo Hay. Disclaimer – I did not vet every chapter’s art, so make sure you view it before sharing with your children! Also, please note that the site does have a definite political agenda which you may or may not agree with.