Bartleby lo scrivano
Academics hail it as the beginning of modernism, but to readers around the world—even those daunted by Moby-Dick—Bartleby, the Scrivener is simply one of the most absorbing and moving novellas ever. Set in the mid-19th century on New York City’s Wall Street, it was also, perhaps, Herman Melville's most prescient story: what if a young man...more
Ah, Bartleby. Ah, Humanity.
At first, as I tried to contain my surprise that Melville, who awed me in Moby Dick, was now writing with such humour and lightness, I felt that Bartleby was a Heroic figure, someone to be admired and emulated - and a welcome break from the complicated characters of the doomed ship.
On second thought, with a slight sinking feeling, I felt he might be a Romantic figure, someone to be eulogized and applauded.
Then, still upbeat about the simplicity of the novella, I was su...more
أفضل أن أبقى ساكنا
هذا نوع من الأدب الذي أحبه العبثية تحديدا مع جرعة لذيذة من الدعابة لا أدري لم لم أسمع عن الكتاب قبل ذلك حقيقة لا أظن إنه يقل مستوى عن غريب كامو وهو
قريب من مسرح اللامعقول بشخصياته الغريبة الأطوار ..
من هو بارتلبي إنه نساخ ذا سلوك غريب ينضم لمكتب محاماة من أجل نسخ الوثائق القانونية .. الراوي هو رئيسه في العمل
يجلس بارتلبي في زاوية ويباشر النسخ لكنه يرفض
أن يؤدي أي عمل آخر وفي أول بادرة لتلقي الأوامر والإستجابة لها نجد بارتلبي صاحب الوجه الشاحب والمثير للقلق يقول : أُفضّل أل...more
How on earth could this have been written thirty years before Kafka was even born? The adjective should be Melvillesque.
On careful examination, I found that mostly Bartleby says 'I would prefer not to', which, it seems to me, is a reaction to a specific situation. But then he begins to say (though not always) 'I prefer not to' which seems more like a fundamental attitude, a permanent stance. Which might be...more
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The genius of Melville's tale "Bartleby, the Scrivener" rivals that of "Moby Dick", and despite the claim that with it Melville forecasts our (post)modern state sounding rather trite, it's very difficult to see it as doing anything but. Like the best of tales, the premise of "Bartleby, the Scrivener" is straightforward: having lost his job as "subordinate clerk" in the Dead Letter Office at Washington, Bartleby winds up working as a copyist at a law firm on Wall Street. A...more
I can see that figure now -- pallidly neat, pitiably respectable, incurably forlorn! It was Bartleby.
One more on my reading list that comes from a Goodreads tip. Thanks again, folks! I've read it in an hour or so, but I believe it will stay with me for a lot longer.
I had to check twice the year this novella was first published : 1853!!! I couldn't wrap my mind around how modern and fresh and relevant the story of Bartleby, the human xerox machine, still is. Decades before Franz Kafka or Eugene...more
¡Oh Bartleby! ¡Oh humanidad!
Insomma il punto è questo.
Quando facevo l'Università, abitavo con una ragazzetta bionda e tonda. Quando arrivava a casa, aveva sempre il sorriso, ti aiutava in qualsiasi cosa tu stessi facendo.
Stavi lavando i piatti, ma avevi fretta perché dovevi andare a lezione?
Arrivava lei e ti diceva: "Lascia, faccio io". E li lavava al posto tuo.
Dovevi andare a fare la spesa, ma stavi litigando a...more
Liken it to a painting. A painting that begins as a portrait as you spot if from across the room. But as you approach, the face seems to lose focus, no longer a clean portrayal. It becomes less and less clear, more and more disconcerting, as you get closer and closer, until you are certain that what was obviously a portrait can be nothing more than an abstract exercise. Your too-close inspection will yield nothing but stubborn, withholding, p...more
I picked this up after it was referenced in an episode of Archer (Skorpio, if you're curious) a method which has, in the past, introduced me to the wonders of PG Wodehouse- so I trust Adam Reed's taste.
I've been on a bit of a plot-heavy reading kick of late and had forgotten just how much I love to read someone like Melville whose sequences of words unto themselves are small wonders to behold. There's something satisfying about this story without real resolution because life is full of character...more
Reminiscent to me of the timeless quality of Gogol's Overcoat (poor Akaky Akakievich and his shitty name, I'm a Russ...more
Bartleby is humanity, itself: life, death, and singularity. His difference, or disability, his adamant presence exposes the lawyer for what he truly is and arguably transforms him. I read this because a book I'm currently reading (about autism) discussed it at length. I've also heard it referenced on numerous other occas...more
Bartleby was one of the four scriveners who worked in the law office aforementioned. His st...more
I don't know that this book really fits that description. Yes, Bartleby refuses to work and later to even move, causing great bother for his employer and others in the building. But it doesn't seem to me that he's protesting. So what then?
1. Is it a parable of Modern Life or Capitalism crushing a so...more
This is a short book, nonetheless SPECTACULAR, A MUST READ.
The story is recounted many years after Bartleby has died by the narrator, or may be by Melville himself.
Bartleby is admitted to be a copyist, a scrivener, in an office - peculiar by the way - where 3 employees are already working, which one has his strangeness - and the owner, who proclaims himself as a greedy man only in...more