The novel Moby Dick uses many different genres of writing (most famously the encyclopedia-style chapter on whale types, but also play-scripts, Shakespeare-style soliloquies, sermons, etc.).

Are there any adaptations that try to emulate this range of genres/styles? For example, a film version may shift to a nature documentary style to enumerate the different kinds of whales.

  • Mark Rascovich's The Bedford Incident might qualify. The movie of the same title (1965) was an excellent thriller, but I remember the book as being well-written. I guess I'll have to read it again before I could propose this as an answer.
    – Barnaby
    Commented Apr 26, 2022 at 1:24
  • And I was wrong. The book refers to Moby Dick both directly and indirectly several times. For example, the ship's captain, on discovering that a visiting journalist knows nothing about Moby Dick, clearly decides that he is a clod! I still think the book is a good read: the writing is competent, and the author knows both the sea and the navy (and I suspect loved Moby Dick) but it is not experimental.
    – Barnaby
    Commented Apr 29, 2022 at 0:58


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