Moby Dick is one of those books that you’d read as a teenager and fascinates because of the adventure, storms, and chase over the seas.
The wrath of the white whale and that of Captain Achab involve us and leave us exhausted and with a sense of fatigue, as if we had participated in the struggle between the little man and the mighty animal.
Well, this magnificent book must be read over the years.
The captain's journey is that of every person in search of his own limit, the absolute, the fusion with the sublime. No mediocrity, only the strongest of passions drives us to face each situation, to get to touch what we want more than everything. The sense of overcoming the border belongs to us, in a not very wise way. It gets us obsessed, it molds us and it makes us do impossible undertakings. Almost.
Rebith is also merging with the unconditional, feeling free in the wild and immeasurable universe... because "impossible things one day, perhaps, may become possible".
Herman Melville – Moby-Dick or, The Whale
Italian edition – Oscar Mondadori