By Benjamin Svetkey
Updated October 27, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT
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The Passages of H.M.

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Ever wonder how Herman Melville came up with the idea for Moby-Dick? Me neither. But that?s just one of the surprisingly interesting details about H.M. that you glean from this book. Part literary biography, part novel, The Passages of H.M. turns the author?s life into an adventure of its own. The picture Jay Parini paints isn?t exactly a flattering one: Melville is a lousy husband, a bullying father, an egomaniac — a Moby-size dick — but he?s also tortured, brilliant, and sexually confused. In fact, Melville?s life is such a gripping tale, it almost made me want to pick up my old copy of Moby-Dick and actually finish it this time. Almost. B+

The Passages of H.M.

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  • Book
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author
  • Jay Parini
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  • Doubleday

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