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Bartleby, the Scrivener - Herman Melville
Bartleby, the Scrivener
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780974607801 (0974607800)
ASIN: 974607800
Publisher: Melville House
Pages no: 64
Edition language: English
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Kaethe rated it
5.0 Bartleby, the Scrivener - Herman Melville
No one told me it was a comedy, or I might have read it sooner. It was very easy to imagine the story illustrated by Edward Gorey.Actually, Veronica told me that Melville wrote this as his response to everyone asking him to write a sequel to Moby Dick. Going into it with the idea of Cartman saying "...
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4.0 Bartleby, the Scrivener, by Herman Melville
“I would prefer not to.” I’ve seen this phrase all over the bookish internet: on totes, mugs, t-shirts. Bartleby’s refrain always struck me as petulant. It reminds me of a kid whose parents have just asked them to do their chores. I would prefer not to do the dishes. The response to this usually som...
travelin rated it
4.0 Bartleby, the Scrivener
I feel guilty not giving this a five. I recently used Bartleby as a write-in candidate in a poll for U.S. president, based strictly on his reputation of saying "I prefer not to..." I prefer not to tell you one spurious claim about Bartleby's "problem", this time on Wikipedia, since the theory mixes ...
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Andrew Kosic's Blog rated it
5.0 Proto-Absurdist
Loved this one. I was surprised by how funny Melville could be, which Moby Dick's slight touches of the ironic (church sermon, etc.) wouldn't really suggest. I would like to re-read this with more focus on the narrator: why does he allow Bartleby to stick around so long? Does his reluctance betray a...
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4.0 Bartleby, the Scrivener
As is often the case with Melville. I do not know what this book really means. It reads like Kafka decades before Kafka wrote. Bartleby becomes an immovable presence in an office, while the narrator fails to dislodge him from the office and eventually the narrator moves his whole office.Just when...
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