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Book Title: Benito Cereno|
Date of issue: November 6th 2012
ISBN 13: 9781480255319
The author of the book: Herman Melville
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 19.87 MB
Edition: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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this is a nice taut little thrill-ride of a book. okay, it's got a lot of description of boat-architecture, so it isn't a complete thriller - melville does tend to go overboard (GET IT??) with the descriptions sometimes, but regardless, it is more emotionally engaging than, say, that book about the whale. and i haven't read a book more full of seamen since reading Torn.
to a modern reader, the situation is pretty apparent from the get-go, but the build to the reveal is so graceful and tightly written, that it doesn't matter if you see where it is going from the beginning; the story is still excellent. one might even call it "a real book."
love the character of captain delano. it is surprising to me to see such subtlety from melville. i suppose i shouldn't be - there is a lot of shading in bartleby, but this one is even more so. for a tiny little novella, there is a lot happening here behind the words. after i toss down this review, i am going to go do a little research about how this was received when it was written, because i can only assume there was some backlash about what this book has to say about the slave trade and how unsavory even the well-intentioned, naive "good" characters are portrayed.
also - squeee - there is a nice tie-in to cloud atlas, which is cool because that book is still fresh in my mind, and it was good to have it still in my brain-piece as i was reading the melville.
really glad i decided to snatch this up the other day. it was everything i had hoped it would be.
behold: an uncharacteristic digression!
why didn't i like moby dick? people i like like moby dick. is it because i had to read it in a mandatory american-lit survey course my freshman year at NYU? when i was distracted with "i live in new york" fever?? should i give it another shot? because i have liked both this book and bartleby, but i haaaated that whale. does it deserve a more thoughtful and older-karen revisit?
opinions are encouraged.
Read information about the authorHerman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. His first two books gained much attention, though they were not bestsellers, and his popularity declined precipitously only a few years later. By the time of his death he had been almost completely forgotten, but his longest novel, Moby-Dick — largely considered a failure during his lifetime, and most responsible for Melville's fall from favor with the reading public — was rediscovered in the 20th century as one of the chief literary masterpieces of both American and world literature.
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