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Bartleby the Scrivener By Herman Melville,

  • Title: Bartleby the Scrivener
  • Author: Herman Melville
  • ISBN: 9780974607801
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 caught up in the rat race of commerAcademics 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 caught up in the rat race of commerce finally just said, I would prefer not to The tale is one of the final works of fiction published by Melville before, slipping into despair over the continuing critical dismissal of his work after Moby Dick, he abandoned publishing fiction The work is presented here exactly as it was originally published in Putnam s magazine to, sadly, critical disdain.
    Bartleby the Scrivener 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

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    1. What a pleasure it is to return to a work of genius and find it inexhaustible What a host of insights, what a web of subtleties, are contained within this short account of the breakdown of one man in a five man office I think of Melville the sailor, accustomed to wide sea vistas and many sea duties, recoiling at the confined, reduced lives of New York City office workers I think of Melville the innovative writer, his popularity and income waning as his daring increased, contemplating the act of [...]

    2. 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 sure [...]

    3. I could ask you to look beyond your desk if you are at work or peep down your balcony if you are at home and spot a Bartleby But I would prefer not to I could urge you to frame that calamitous Bartleby whose selective inveterate muteness is either enhancing your tolerance reserves or sharpening your fighting skills But I would prefer not to I could exhort you to unsuccessfully debase this Bartleby s assiduity in light of his proven peculiarity But I would prefer not to I could ask you the reason [...]

    4. Tulsa Doom Bartleby the Scrivener, contemplate this on the tree of woe.Bartleby the Scrivener I would prefer not to.Monica Bellucci Bartleby, come to me Bartleby the Scrivener Um Melville as a pre existentialist, good read, and funny, also a precursor to absurdist theater, it reads like a long joke, I was left waiting for the punch line

    5. happiness courts the light, so we deem the world is gay but misery hides aloof, so we deem that misery there is none 15 I see a blurred silhouette There is a person sitting at table He is writing He doesn t look up Nobody could have ever seen his face It s been hours and he doesn t get up A man, a chair, a table and a million papers The spitting image of desolation Does he have any life outside that place Probably not I hope he does.I read about this particular theme concerning jobs that drain l [...]

    6. Ah Bartleby Ah humanity Reading the closing lines of this novella, one part of my self immediately exclaims That was unexpected, brilliant, absolutely perfect, let s write a review Another part of me, confused, stubborn, rebellious, rejoins I prefer not to My social self, eager to share my reading experience, and to act according to the established patterns and traditions I have set up for my literary projects, cannot understand that attitude, as it doesn t make any sense But WHY I prefer not to [...]

    7. What an amazing story about a scrivener I haven t read such an excellent novella as this in a long time.Set in the 1850 s and narrated by a lawyer in New York, this tale breathes and glows like a star and yet death is lurking in the background throughout The lawyer has known many scriveners but not one such as this particular individual who continues to fascinate him so much Nuances about the bible with Adam and Eve, etc give such a sense of place and spirit to this work that I can only describe [...]

    8. I can see that figure now pallidly neat, pitiably respectable, incurably forlorn It was Bartleby One on my reading list that comes from a 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 Ionesco or Haruki Murakami [...]

    9. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a public seminar on Herman Melville s short story, Bartleby, the Scrivener, given by Paul Auster and Nobel Laureate, JM Coetzee, hosted by the NYS Writer s Institute Because I am a huge nerd, I sat in the very front of the venue space the first two rows of the theater were reserved for Writer s Institute people , so I was in the third row But Auster and Coetzee sat directly in front of me before the seminar started Swoon I ve never felt star stru [...]

    10. He was a man of preferences than assumptions You know I often buy food from a local dhabha North Indian native restaurants The waiters and cooks there work 6 a.m to 11 p.m seven days a week before going to bed in a room within restaurants.Their whole life involves for months involves waking up at 6, cleaning the place, cooking, serving all day Their social life for months is limited to the fellow workers Many of them start working when they aren t even in teens Literally no job security The wag [...]

    11. Bartleby is a scrivener essentially, a human copy machine working for a Manhattan based lawyer who is the narrator of the tale His co workers two other irritable scriveners of dubious temperament, and a office boy, identified only by their odd nicknames Initially an industrious employee, Bartleby declines to participate in certain normal office tasks, giving no reason other than his oft repeated mantra I would prefer not to If you say if often and implacably enough, other people will accept it a [...]

    12. Wow, that was beautiful How have I never read this before It s as good as Kafka as now as Kafka This man, this Bartleby, is as basic a character as could realistically exist, yet as human I defy you not to love him, though he barely does than stand and stare and politely refuse to act But I defy you not to empathise with the narrator too This is about as pertinent as fiction gets Bartleby is Oblomov, the Hunger Artist, Hamsun s stand in in Hunger and Beckett s in everything from Eleutheria to t [...]

    13. Repet la orden con la mayor claridad posible pero con claridad se repiti la respuesta Preferir a no hacerlo Preferir a no hacerlo repet como un eco, poni ndome de pie, excitad simo y cruzando el cuarto a grandes pasos Qu quiere decir con eso Est loco Necesito que me ayude a confrontar esta p gina t mela y se la alcanc Preferir a no hacerlo dijo Detr s de la grandilocuencia epop yica que result tard amente para la literatura la obra magna de Herman Melville y que se llam Moby Dick, publicada all [...]

    14. Bartleby Bartleby the scrivener Poor, inconspicuous man Came from nowhere and disappeared in nothingness leaving us with his canonical already phraseI would prefer not to.Deceptively little reading But don t be deceived by appearances It starts in truly Dickensian style The old office where one could easily imagine the lawyers in famous Jardynce Jardynce case and the copyists are caricatures than real people But Bartleby At first is working as mad by days and nights, diligently and conscientiou [...]

    15. Book Review I remember disliking it because it was all about this guy that slept in an office and his boss came in and he never did any work or something These are just my first thoughts about the story Time to read it again Yes, I did read this But this time, I think I got out of it It s about choices and what someone will do and won t do It s also about the walls of Wall Street Basically it s all about being an individual versus being part of a society It was suggested at the end of class the [...]

    16. Primeiro pensei que fosse estrangeiro e n o entendesse a l ngua Ou que fosse surdo Ou s teimoso Ou s parvo Ou ent o muito esperto Depois apeteceu me aplicar lhe um pontap no traseiro e p lo dali para fora De seguida, fazer lhe festas e lev lo para casa, como a um cachorro abandonado E perdi a paci ncia e quis gritar com ele E quis lev lo para casa e dar lhe mimos Ou um par de estalos E deu me vontade de chorar por ele E continuei a querer lev lo para casa e dar lhe mimos E quis perceber este liv [...]

    17. IrriducibileQuesto un racconto misterioso, lo si legge pervasi da un sottile disagio e non lo si dimentica pi Giunti alla fine cerchiamo di tirare le fila della vicenda, ma non ne veniamo a capo in maniera soddisfacente, convincente i fatti non quadrano, qualcosa non torna E come cercare di montare un mobile senza il libretto di istruzioni ma credo che la cosa non migliorerebbe anche in presenza di istruzioni c sempre qualcosa che non si incastra alla perfezione, un tassello che manca, un pezzo [...]

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