Billy Budd and Other Stories (2019)

Billy Budd and Other Stories Herman Melville Frederick Busch Billy Budd and Other Stories Tales of compelling power by one of America s greatest writersStung by the critical reception and lack of commercial success of his previous two works Moby Dick and Pierre Herman Melville became obs
  • Title: Billy Budd and Other Stories
  • Author: Herman Melville Frederick Busch
  • ISBN: 9780140390537
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
Billy Budd and Other Stories Herman Melville Frederick Busch Tales of compelling power by one of America s greatest writersStung by the critical reception and lack of commercial success of his previous two works, Moby Dick and Pierre, Herman Melville became obsessed with the difficulties of communicating his vision to readers His sense of isolation lies at the heart of these later works Billy Budd, Sailor, a classic confrontatioTales of compelling power by one of America s greatest writersStung by the critical reception and lack of commercial success of his previous two works, Moby Dick and Pierre, Herman Melville became obsessed with the difficulties of communicating his vision to readers His sense of isolation lies at the heart of these later works Billy Budd, Sailor, a classic confrontation between good and evil, is the story of an innocent young man unable to defend himself against a wrongful accusation The other selections here Bartleby, The Encantadas, Benito Cereno, and The Piazza also illuminate, in varying guises, the way fictions are created and shared with a wider society.In his introduction Frederick Busch discusses Melville s preoccupation with his correspondence with the world, his quarrel with silence, and why fiction was, for Melville, a matter of life and death Bartleby The piazza The Encantadas The bell tower Benito Cereno The paradise of bachelors and the tartarus of maids Billy Budd, sailor.
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  1. Rebecca McNutt

    Herman Melville is one of my favourite authors in the realm of classic fiction in that his stories start off rather mundane, even almost boring, but suddenly in each of them, it becomes apparent that there s much excitement in store than meets the eye.

  2. Jonathan

    This, ladies and gents, is what we call round these parts a darn good sentence By the side of pebbly waters waters the cheerier for their solitude beneath swaying fir boughs, petted by no season, but still green in all, on I journeyed my horse and I on, by an old saw mill, bound down and hushed with vines, that his grating voice no was heard on, by a deep flume clove through snowy marble, vernal tinted, where freshet eddies had, on each side, spun out empty chapels in the living rock on, where [...]

  3. Jonfaith

    Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other So with sanity and insanity.Billy and Bartleby are old friends, portraits of bejeweled philosophy Strange as it may appear, the selection which punched me in the jaw was Cock A Doodle Do a tale told by a fellow traveler he drinks porter and reads Rabelais about a magical fowl which is a fount of bliss, an actual agent of earthly happiness.

  4. Edward

    Introduction Bartleby The Piazza The Encantadas The Bell Tower Benito Cereno The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids Billy Budd, Sailor

  5. Ben Winch

    Herman Melville of course, it s understood was a genius, but I find his work difficult and, importantly, not always enlightening His prose, to say the least, is mannered and contorted reading it can oftentimes seem like negotiating a thornbush But at its root and this is what makes the going slow, since I can t simply push through without its grasping me it s strong, wedded to meaning as to earth, deep reaching As a prose writer, then, Melville is dazzling, always sure of what he wants to say e [...]

  6. Lobstergirl

    Unbelievably, Melville had a hard time making a living from his writing That was sarcasm His style is overly archaic I read a fair amount of classic literature, but this is just ridiculous In the mid to late 19th century, were people still saying Hark And Blah, blah, blah, thought I Really You can t convince me 1 From that tree top, what birded chimes of silver throats had rung 2 Dire sight it is to see some silken beast long dally with a golden lizard ere she devour.3 Himself became reservedALL [...]

  7. Jeremy

    This review pertains to Bartleby Nothing so aggravates an earnest person as a passive resistance.My interest in the ideas of Slavoj Zizek led me back to Melville s collected short stories to read Bartleby , a scrivener who would almost always prefer not to Whenever asked to do something other than his most basic understood task, he would prefer not to, no matter how reasonable the claim And, eventually, even so for his most basic understood task.On errands of life, these letters speed to death.B [...]

  8. Nathan "N.R." Gaddis

    Piazza Tales plus Billy Budd because I could no longer wait shop for the correct edition Which would be the Northwestern Newberry from Hayford and Parker, ie, Piazza Tales and Other Prose Pieces, 1839 1860 But I ll still be looking for it.Here s the clever One Liner Review, piece by piece Billy Budd A lesson in the objective nature of The Law, or, Why one might prefer the capricious judgment of The Wise The Piazza An important piece for the thesis that all fiction is nothing but autobiography Ba [...]

  9. Patrick

    Some words regarding the stories collected in this volume BARTLEBY THE SCRIVENERI m sure that nobody could have predicted that a stage in the afterlife of poor Bartleby would be to become a semi niche meme amongst literary millennials You can buy t shirts and coffee mugs with I would prefer not to on it seems unlikely that most other characters from Melville s other fiction could become currency in the same way I don t have any particular problem with this but it does mean the story now comes wi [...]

  10. Jan-Maat

    Bartlebyjust step round to the Post Office, won t you I would prefer not to You will not I prefer not.

  11. Richard

    Otherwise known as Billy Budd, Sailor , this, along with the other book, about the white whale, never brought fame to Herman Melville during his lifetime In fact, Billy Budd , a novella, started in 1886, was left unfinished at Melville s death in 1801, and was not published until 1924 Like Moby Dick , it contains elements from Melville s personal experiences aboard sailing ships in the Nineteenth Century, and plumbs the dark depths of human emotion.Billy is a strong, capable, cheerful and charis [...]

  12. Matt

    Billy Budd , as far as I m concerned, was an airball A good attempt but it just came up short The language fairly throttles the story, which is insightful and compelling Bartleby is a masterpiece So applicable to today s culture passivity, negative capability, the ravaging effects of routine, capitalism, The Law, resignation, nothingness I would prefer not to Brilliant Benito Cereno is an excellent moral parable about racism, which again I felt was slightly ruined by the voluminous detail there [...]

  13. Jim Coughenour

    I first read Billy Budd in grad school and recall myself being irritated by its stupidity This time through well, I can t say I enjoyed it, but I was impressed by Melville s deliberately structured, elevated, almost archaic style On one level the tale is simply told, with the stark clarity of a myth or so it appears In fact the telling is riven, ragged There are echoes of Greek myths, the Old Testament, the Gospels of tales of the sea of legal explication and of course the mysterious carnality p [...]

  14. Aaron Arnold

    I m glad that Moby Dick isn t the only good thing Melville ever wrote after having finally actually read it, it was great to be reminded how satisfying it is when something that s been endlessly lauded manages to live up to that reputation Melville s short stories don t have the iconic status that Moby Dick does, but no one capable of turning out that masterpiece could fail to show some signs of that talent for exploring human nature in his lesser works, and there s plenty for anyone who likes h [...]

  15. Lindsey

    Melville s syntax can be a pain, but he is nonetheless a great writer who is very aware of the larger issues in society.Benito Cereno and Bartleby are absolute masterpieces, though Billy Budd is a phenomenal critique on law and human rights as well Regarding Benito Cereno, I think it offers society a realist s gaze to slavery and slave revolts, which 19th century America failed to understand The response to violent and brutal slave revolts, like the Haitian Revolution, are not Uncle Tom s Cabin, [...]

  16. Frankie

    Having never read Melville beyond Moby Dick and Billy Budd, and with a mild distaste for seafaring tales, I was pleasantly surprised to read several quite good, non seafaring stories in this collection Bad news first Billy Budd to me has, and always will, represent that stark allegory of fable or parable, without the blessed brevity of a fable or parable I don t enjoy reading constant reminders that Billy s character represents pre fall Adam Without the agony of the details, this story boils dow [...]

  17. Michael

    Standing on equal footing with Moby Dick, Herman Melville s Billy Bud, Sailor resurrects ancient questions about good and evil, innocence and violence, and explores the interplay between these most basic and fundamental of conflicts and the paradox of moral justice Eponymous Billy Bud, the Handsome Sailor, is Melville s Adam, and his shocking fall from grace challenges a captain and crew who only love him, but who are for better or worse bound to the sanctity of order Establishing his belief in [...]

  18. Sanjay Varma

    I read the 3 novellas in this collection Benito Cereno , Billy Budd , and Bartleby I heartily recommend all three Melville is extremely gifted at foreshadowing, symbolism, and moral ambiguity His characters are allegorical and fatally flawed like greek heroes, but with detailed psychologies like you would expect from a Dostoevsky novel However, Melville is mediocre at depicting action sequences, and quite terrible at endings Benito Cereno is a novella about a ghost ship, in which the easy assump [...]

  19. Tim Paul

    A good friend introduced me to an alternative reading of this novel, in which the narrator is obsessed with upholding the heroic myth of Billy Budd Every incident is spun out by the narrator to show Billy in the most positive light possible, and Claggart as his evil opposite If you look closely at the text for the facts of the story though there s not a shred of evidence to support this romantic view of Billy return return In fact, reading between the lines, it s possible to read Claggart as a b [...]

  20. Lani

    Melville writes beautifully His descriptions at times are near poetic yet concise I thoroughly enjoyed every story included in this book however, I didn t like the format of a bunch of random tales told in regards to the volcanic isles in the short, The Encantadas , and this one was also a bit too eerie for me But as it was intended to be on the creepy side, Melville delivered The Bell Tower could have been a bit better developed, in my opinion, but if it had had length, the maybe it could have [...]

  21. Scott

    I read Billy Budd in 2006 and read Bartleby the Scrivener sometime later This time I read all the remaining tales in this volume, most of them from the Piazza Tales.I wrote the other day on my blog about The Lightning Rod Man That was my favourite of the bunch Some of the stories aren t as strong or engaging, but even they express Melville s command of the language and the sense of dread and the exotic which overhangs everything Plus, they keep your interest.

  22. Bill Leigh

    Brilliant stories, fables almost After reading Bartleby, the Scrivener the expression I would prefer not to will never sound quite the same again There is a mysterious sense of power and doom in Melville s writing quite unlike anything I ve read before, except perhaps the Bible and Shakespeare Reading Billy Budd is a almost a religious experience Billy s cry of God bless Captain Vere still resonates a sympathetic echo.

  23. Mike

    When writing about the ocean Melville gives the reader a chance to feel what concerns the ocean His writing is shot through with an inhuman vitality Sometimes the psychology of the novel makes us forget that the total of human thought weighs nothing, that pain is less material than grass Not here.Were I still in high school I would hate this book.

  24. Linda

    I enjoyed Billy Budd and Bartleby and Benito Cereno of The Piazza Tales The Town Ho s Story Ch 54 of Moby Dick reminded me why I have started reading Moby Dick several times, yet finishing it remains on my bucket list If you read only one of the novellas short stories in this collection, I recommend Benito Cereno.

  25. Amantha

    DNF Melville can t get to the point to save his life At least Billy Budd was mildly entertaining, but the rest I couldn t concentrate on for than a page or two at a time because it meandered so much.

  26. Kristopher

    These stories are dense, yes, but reward upon further readings Particularly, the title story will give you quite a bit to think about if you allow it When you read these, think of the nature of evil, the nature of ambiguity, the nature of interpretation And plan a rereading.

  27. Mike Jensen

    Judging by the way some respond to Melville s other masterpiece, I think this book does not suit our times For me this story of a man too good to live makes a book too good to put down I remian a Billy Budd fan.

  28. Jay

    that peculiar glance which evidences that the man from whom it comes has been some way tampered with and to the prejudice of him upon whom the glance lights

  29. Luke Paulsen

    If you want a taste of Herman Melville s best work, then whatever you do, don t read Moby Dick It s a massive, ambitious, cumbersome white whale of a book Obviously there s some great writing there, but there s also no end of digressions At the very least you should sample Melville before starting out, and his later stories are an excellent way to do that.I ll go further and claim that you shouldn t start with Billy Budd, which though a lot shorter than Moby Dick about 100 pages in my edition is [...]

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