I bet him that I knew the first line of the book. My guess, which turned out to be wrong, was "Call me, Moby Dick."
However, that seems like it would be a great fiction novel... the story of a great white whale who is obsessed with tormenting this one Captain Ahab until he loses everything. Anyone want to set up a collaborative writing project for this?
Disclaimer: everything I know about Moby Dick, I got from Wikipedia.