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  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (6 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480255416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480255418
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. Estridge on 24 Mar 2014
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A novella by Herman Melville, Bartleby is both humorous and tragic. The characters of Turkey, Nippers, Gingernut and the enigmatic and frustrating Bartleby all blend together to create an extremely good read. Throughout the story, you sympathise with the narrator while he explains his troubles and frustrations when dealing with Bartleby, but when reading the ending, your feelings towards Bartleby now become those of sorrow. Melville's use of pathos is done extremely well, and after reading the last sentence, you will sit stunned and silent, contemplating the gravity of the final words. Recommended to all, but might be tricky for any younger readers.
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Herman Melville’s almost Kafkaesque but infuriatingly funny tale of Bartleby The Scrivener that shines brightest of all amongst Melville's stories. This tale deserves be as well-known as that other Melville story about a whale fixation.
I could say much, much more in praise of Bartleby The Scrivener, however, I would prefer not to……
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By elsey on 3 May 2014
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This is an excellent short read. A good interesting intro to a famous classic novelist. It is Quite funny too.
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I know Melville well, but had never come across this work - a friend recommended it and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrative voice is engaging and distinctive and Bartleby himself is a fantastic gothic creation. Great fiction.
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By B. S. Ashby on 23 Dec 2013
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An outstanding book. Way ahead of its time, the book has a very Kafkaesque feel to it, and, absurd as much of it is, you can't help being completely engrossed. Contains some truly beautiful writing (the last few pages in particular).
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There is much to admire in this 1853 work of Herman Melville, starting with the sharp and witty eye he casts over New York office life in that age and continuing with the acute depiction of the narrator's state of mind as he struggles to decide what to do with Bartleby, the strange intruder into his world. Unfortunately, the ending is rather weak.
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This is the first piece by Herman Melville that I have read - I have not even encountered Moby Dick, I am sorry to say. I found that I had to get used to the style of writing, which is very much of its mid-19th century time. So most sentences are full of phrases and clauses, all separated out by meticulous use of the comma. But once over that hurdle, the tale becomes engrossing, as much for what the reader learns of the lawyer-narrator as for the strange character of Bartleby.
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