X is a novel first published in 1851. It is considered to be one of the great american novels and a treasure of world literature. The author employs stylized language, symbolism, and the metaphor to explore numerous complex themes. It also includes chapters devoted to explaining various aspects of ——- life, as well as a cetology lesson that wouldn’t be out of place in a biology textbook or encyclopedia. There’s also a chapter about chowder. It’s often told that the reason why these sections exist is because the author was told the novel needed to be longer – and he couldn’t think of anything else to pad it out with.