Melville’s classic Moby Dick is next

Tales for the Telling featuring Dean Verger will happen at the MAC on October 25

It is not only children who enjoy being told a great story and the McMillan Arts Centre (MAC) is hoping for a good turnout for their next presenter in the Tales for the Telling series.

Moby Dick, a novel by Herman Melville, first published in 1851, is one of the most widely-read and respected books in American literature and will be presented by Dean Verger  on Oct. 25.

Moby Dick recounts the adventures of the narrator Ishmael as he sails on the whaling ship Pequod under the command of Captain Ahab.   Blending high-seas romantic adventure, symbolic allegory, and the conflicting ideals of heroic determination and undying hatred, the saga of Captain Ahab and his unrelenting pursuit of Moby Dick, the great white whale who maimed him during their last encounter wasn’t always a favourite of Verger.

The nationally known story teller says in fact he stayed away from the novel for a long time.

“When I went through the novel I discovered to my surprise that there was humor mixed into the darkness of the story.  There is the morality tale that people wrote about in the1850’s.  There was always a moral weave happening behind the scenes.”

“Herman does that in Moby Dick, but he also plays pranks and tells jokes,” Verger explained and added, “Even in Shakespeare there is humor and slapstick.” Verger came to the world of storytelling as a writer.  He began by telling his own original works, then added traditional and literary tales for all ages to his repertoire.

“I formed a writing group and from there I started performing my stories from memory in front of audiences.  Then I found out about storytelling as an art form and took a course.  I continued on with my research into history and literature from everything from folk tales to historical tales to the great literary works.”


Tales for the Telling featuring Verger goes at 7:30 p.m. on October 25 at the MAC. Tickets are $10 and available at Fireside Books in Parksville.



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