just about to start moby dick
is it essential to read the extract/introduction
its quite long and i just need simple yes or no so i can either start from there or go straight into it
if by the introduction you mean the TEN MILLION REFERENCES TO WHALES IN BOOKS PRIOR TO MOBY-DICK, then yes
if you mean some asshole's long-winded opinion about moby-dick, then no
also i don't really think it's a spoilable book but whatever
Prior knowledge of the book--it's allusions, plot, sub-text; coupled with having someone elses interpretation pushed into you--would lessen your enjoyment of the book.
An image: You are about to fuck some prime literary virgin pussy--some guy comes along, fucks her, then describes the experience to you in detail. You then decide to fuck her still, as you are a introduction reading rooster-noise; you can feel the previous man's cum on your dick as you fuck her now loose vagina.
OP. About 90% of the book is skipable. What people don't realize is that Moby dick is just a whaling encyclopedia with a bit if story in-between.