I bogged down and stopped reading about half way in. I usually don't quit reading a book but finish it even though I may not like it. But - sorry Herman - just couldn't keep going. I actually liked the beginning scenes of Ishmael meeting and becoming friends with Queequeg. Some great moments of self awareness and openness to people who are very different.
One quote that will stick with me is - as Ishmael, a good Presbyterian Christian, looks over at his stranger roommate Queequeg, a headhunting cannibal, and coming to the conclusion that he should give the guy a chance, thinking to himself says, "Well a man can be honest in any sort of skin...ignorance is the parent of fear."