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Billy Budd/Benito Cereno
Famous Melville Stories, one, a decrepit ship's captain who lost this crew; the other, considered by some to be Melville's finest sailing novel.
Published 2004 by The Easton Press
(first published 1924)
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I might have enjoyed it more had I read it all in one sitting on the weekend (as I did Franzen's Freedom instead), but having an hour long commute home from work, I needed four nights to finish it.
I don't doubt that this was going to eventually be a masterpiece, but Melville never finished it and we shouldn't pretend that he did. The prose definitely deducts a star, as it is unclear and byzantine even for Victorian standards (perhaps that's why it took me so long to finish).
As for the ...more
May 18, 2013 Martin Hernandez rated it liked it · review of another edition
Dos más de los "cuentos del mar" de Herman MELVILLE , donde plasma su experiencia de años como marinero. Además del tema marino, poco relaciona ambas obras, por lo que no entiendo como las ponen en el mismo libro. Respecto a "Benito Cereno", Jorge Luis BORGES dijo: 'sigue suscitando polémicas. Hay quien lo juzga la obra maestra de MELVILLE y una de las obras maestras de la literatura. Hay quien lo considera un error o una serie de errores. Hay quien ha sugerido que Herman MELVILLE se propuso la ...more
Melville is a maverick. The cadence of his sentences is unique. I don't know anyone who writes like him. Both his syntax and his vocabulary can be startling. Sometimes his influences are clear -- The Bible, Shakespeare, the metaphysical poets -- but more often than not his sentences come at you from the unexplored deep, reeking of strangenes, beautiful, difficult and fascinating. Billy Budd is a concentrated brew that might knock your head off if you're not careful, but is a delight if sipped ...more
Herman 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 ...moreMore about Herman Melville...