The Night Inspector
What I liked about it is that it tells a lot about Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick. Mr. Melville is the Night Inspector in this book, he was in fact a Night Inspector for the port of NY. I googled Mr. Melville to see how much of the information about him in this book is accurate and the author does stick to the facts about Mr. Melville. So that is one of the things I liked about the book.
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William Bartholomew is one of the more ambiguous heroes I've come across in literature in a long time. Is he good or just not as bad as the people with whom he associates. His mask is representative of what the United States tried to show to the world, but underneath...a terrribly maimed count ...more
After the smoke clears, the bodies are buried and the blood has soaked deep into the cold ground, Civil War veteran William Bartholomew returns to New York sans visage.
An accomplished woodsman and eagle eye, Bartholomew served in the war as a marksman, sniper, assassin or thug, depending on the perspective. He was a great hunter of Rebel soldiers until he was brought down by a hideous, disfiguring wound, requiring him to wear a strap-on pasteboard, painted fac ...more
Of course I want to read books that speculate on Melville & Moby Dick, but why are the newest ones so eager to say the epic novel is based on clandestine love affair? I recommend instead 'The Night Inspector' by Fredrick Busch.
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This is a literary novel. Busch weaves present and past seamlessly. His descriptions of Batholomew's actions as a sniper are powerfully descriptive. They capture the horrors of war, as the protagonist's internals provide moving glimpses of the man's psyche.
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The Night Inspector of the title is noneother than Herman Melville (who did work as a NI during his life following his failure at sea). The story revolves around a one time sniper in the Civil War who wounded during a mission and finds his ...more