It has been my whale for over ten years! I decided I MUST read it when I couldn't answer the trivia question: "What famous book starts with the line 'Call me Ishmael ?'" I have started it no less than 6 times, get to about page 100 and get stuck every time in the section about the physiology of the whale. One day, one day. - Angie
The Thorn Birds - The last part of the book drags a bit, but overall I can see why this has been such a popular book for so long. The story of Australia and the drama of the sheep ranch is what makes this book exceptional.