It was interesting. It's mostly about whaling, the nobility and necessity of it. And I was born into a culture that is nearly devoid of this activity. I've never had whale meat or used whale oil to light up the dinner table.
I enjoyed the historical aspects of this book, and that several of the main characters were non-Caucasian and non-Christian. I think those two points were progressive for the original publication date.
Sometimes, and it was usually Cpt. Ahab or Ishmael, there was a side trip monologue into something rather uninteresting, like the color white.
Still I am glad i read it, mostly so that I get references to it in modern literature and movies.