OTOH, it _does_ have a few amusing lines in it. For instance:
"[The American whaling fleet] have provided a system which for terse comprehensiveness surpasses Justinian's Pandects and the By-laws of the Chinese Society for the Suppression of Meddling with other People's Business. "or how about this:
"Oh, won't ye pull for your duff, my lads- such a sog! such a sogger! Don't ye love sperm?"
Ah, yes. The man is a total whack-job. Not only would this atrocity of a book not be published today, but Melville would likely be locked away in an insane asylum. On the plus side, I'm on disc 14 out of 20. The end of 24 solid hours of book on tape is in sight. "Dust jacket, Ho!"