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Two Guys Read Moby-Dick [Paperback]

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TWO GUYS READ MOBY-DICK by Steve Chandler and Terrence N. Hill Musings on Melville's Whale and Other Strange Topics

In 1960, two high school friends were assigned to read, as part of their English class, the Herman Melville novel Moby-Dick. Neither one of them read it. Four decades later, plagued by feelings of guilt at never having read "The Great American Novel," the two friends grab for belated gusto. They vow to go in search again of the big fish and this time actually read Moby-Dick rather than just passing the test on it. Over the six months of their reading odyssey, the authors wrote a series of letters and e-mails chronicling their experience and encouraging each other's progress. This body of correspondence is now a book. Actually, the reading of Moby-Dick is just a platform. And while it is the primary substance of the book, the writers do not worry themselves much about staying within subject matter boundaries. The letters also touch on: their fifty-year friendship, growing old, Alex Rodriguez, the War in Iraq, Bob Dylan, speculation on the chances of getting sick in Mexico, the true story of how Hemingway got to Sweden, the cause of nightmares, Bebe Rebozo, Vladimir Nabokov, redemption and death. As you can tell by the last two items, the authors are not afraid to tackle the "big themes," meaning, of course, there is Nobel Prize potential here. TWO GUYS READ MOBY-DICK will have you laughing from start to finish, and pondering life's many mysteries, of course!

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Item Specifications...

Pages   120
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 30, 2006
Publisher   Robert D. Reed Publishers
ISBN  1931741638  
ISBN13  9781931741637  

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More About Steve Chandler

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! William Keiper is the author of The Power of Urgency: Playing to Win with Proactive Urgency, Life Expectancy: It's Never Too Late to Change Your Game, and The Presidential Essays series, including Amazon for President!, Apple for President! and Walmart for President! He serves committed individuals, company owners, executives, investors and others in urgently resolving their most challenging issues. He has also served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, President and as a trusted advisor for a variety of public and private companies. In situations where the status quo will no longer be tolerated, he will accelerate the change process through rapid assessment and the speed and urgency of implementation. He earned a business degree with honors from Eastern Illinois University, a law degree from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and a Master's degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Steve Chandler currently resides in Gilbert, in the state of Arizona. Steve Chandler was born in 1944.

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Comical Foray  May 14, 2008
Reviewed by Robin Witte for RebeccasReads (5/08)

The title "Two Guys Read Moby-Dick" exemplifies the content of this book by Steve Chandler and Terrence N. Hill. This is written by two men who obviously love to write and are very good at conveying ideas and humor in a laid-back medium, email. The reader is briefly introduced to each writer and Terry states that "this didn't start out to be a book." These two men set out to read Moby-Dick and talk about it along a set time period. The ensuing dialogue reveals that while they discuss what they have read, their impressions of Moby-Dick, and the life of Herman Melville, they managed to talk about a lot more. Terry and Steve discuss their pasts, baseball, their friendship, and everything in between. The reader, through the course of this work, gets to know and understand each man and their unique personalities.

This work is not a critical evaluation of Moby-Dick. Steve and Terry clearly state that this electronic letter writing is an exercise for their enjoyment so that they can read a novel that they lied about reading in high school. Their responses to Melville's masterpiece are mixed throughout this book as ideas and opinions are revised by each writer over the course of months. It is clear that Terry and Steve have been friends for a number of years and that long distances that separate them have not stifled a deep friendship and sharing between the two. They have private jokes that they share and the reader is included through the use of italicized comments to clarify what they are writing about. Steve and Terry maintain a constant dialogue over the course of months and throughout travelling to other countries.

The final opinion is not clearly stated and it is a little ambiguous as to whether these men found it worthwhile to read Moby-Dick, but that conclusion is in keeping with the style of this book and does not detract from the reading experience. I did find some of the conversations to be very male-oriented in regards to the subject matter; baseball and other sports were continually being brought up. It did occur to me that I might get a lot more out of this book if I were a "guy," but it did not detract too much from my reading experience. There were many times that I could not stop myself from laughing out loud at Steve and Terry's comments in "Two Guys Read Moby-Dick" and their wit was worth the wade through topics that bored me. This fresh approach to writing as a form of conversation was a nice change from critical commentary that takes itself way too seriously.
A whale of a book  Dec 13, 2006
Reviewed by April Sullivan for Reader Views (11/06)

"Moby Dick" is considered the great American novel. It's one of those books that I always felt like I should read, but never got around to. It seems I am not alone in this. This book, "Two Guys Read Moby-Dick," by Steve Chandler and Terrence N. Hill, is just what the title says. Two old friends, who were assigned to read Moby Dick in high school, but never did, decide to read it forty years later and correspond to each other during the process.

So why does a pile of letters between two guys, loosely based on a theme, make a good book, or even a book at all? First of all, Steve Chandler and Terence N. Hill are not just two guys, they are both avid readers and they are both writers who know how to write well. They are smart, witty, and interesting.

Second, this is a great way to get through a tough old book such as "Moby Dick." It is a long-distance book group of two. They are reading it so we don't have to. Steve and Terry struggled through all 135 chapters on whales and more whales. Good for them and good for me!

Third, it is not about Moby Dick. It is about friendship. And that makes a good story. The book "Two Guys Read Moby-Dick" goes way beyond the topic of the great white whale. Steve and Terry talk a lot about other subjects such as baseball, death, weight loss, old times, and other books. These are your standard musings of two men in their mid-fifties who have known each other forever.

It is hard to say who I would recommend this book to. Is it for those who have read "Moby Dick," or those who have not? Is it even really about Moby Dick? This book is more of a small surprise wrapped inside the idea of a book about reading "Moby Dick." So it is for anyone who likes surprises.

I really liked the idea behind "Two Guys Read Moby-Dick." Two guys who I have never even heard of got me to read their book instead of Herman Melville's classic. Thanks to them, I no longer feel the urge to read "Moby Dick." But I am glad I got to know Steve and Terry through their reading of it.
Delightful!  Feb 11, 2006
Although it is a very quick read, I find myself still pondering each of the writer's thoughts and feelings about a whole slew of things. Moby, Death, getting older, baseball and the mathematics of dieting! Hilarious at times and introspective at others. The friendship between these two gentlemen is inspiring and truly wonderful. Each author has a distinct style of communicating. Steve is straightforward with a spiritual bent and Terry tends to go off in tangents that seem to miraculously all pull together and the end of each email. I will be waiting for the sequal or their next brilliant idea for a story, cuz these guys have much to offer. Good Job!
A Great Read  Jan 20, 2006
I read this book non-stop in three hours and plan to read it again. The authors use Moby Dick as their reference point and take off from there to discuss their decades old friendship, their take on Moby Dick, and their respective takes on life, on death, and on the years yet to live. At times, laugh out loud funny, at times moving, this book is worth reading.
Melville, Moby & More  Jan 16, 2006
A thoroughly marvelous read!
I no longer feel guilty that I never finished reading "Moby Dick." (Passed my test thanks to Classic Comics.) But more importantly, through this winner book, with its unusual back and forth style, I got to know the remarkably talented Terry and Steve. Along with their fresh,witty,intuitive literary analyses, there's a good lesson in what a truly meaningful relationship between friends is all about...two guys in each other's corner, in total support of one another. (Applause goes here.)

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