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Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville
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Oct 02, 10

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Read on October 02, 2010, read count: 1

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I would prefer not to.

All I'll say is that the writing is fluent, fluid, wonderfully done; the characters vivid; the moral dilemma of the narrator perplexing; the implications of determinism/absurdity proto-Kafkan. Truly a remarkable work, it gave me a lovely afternoon of reading. The prophecies of Kafka make me wonder whether or not Melville could be laughing at the narrator and his dramatic sighs ("Ah humanity!") and his pomposity (rather than wondering what Christ would have him do, he wonders what Edwards and Priestly have to say.). Tremendous.

I should also add that wikipedia has some great insights and interpretations, my plagiarizing of which would be a waste of time. Check it out.
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