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Billy Budd (English Library) Paperback – 25 Jun 1970

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New impression edition (25 Jun. 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140430296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140430295
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Herman Melville is the author of MOBY DICK. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In 2012, I celebrated Independence Day by reading and reviewing Melville's 1855 novel "White-Jacket". In his book, "Melville: His World and Work", Andrew Delbanco described "White Jacket" as Melville's 'paean on behalf of democracy". The book includes scenes in which the sailors celebrate the Fourth of July with a pageant. A major character in White Jacket is a sailor named Jack Chase, a man whom Melville deeply admired. In chapter 4 of "White Jacket" the narrator says of Jack Chase: "Wherever you may be now rolling over the blue billows, dear Jack! take my best love along with you; and God bless you, wherever you go!"

For Independence Day, 2015, I found myself rereading Melville's novel, "Billy Budd, Sailor". Melville was working on this book at the time of his death in 1891 and his near-final draft remained unpublished. Scholars discovered the manuscript in the 1920s, and its first publication in 1928 was critical in the discovery of Melville and in his literary reputation. Late in his life, Melville remembered his friend Jack Chase. Melville dedicated "Billy Budd" to "Jack Chase, Englishman", "Wherever that great heart may no be. Here on Earth or harbored in Paradise. Captain of the Maintop in the year 1843 in the U.S. Frigate United States"

"Billy Budd, Sailor" is a difficult, deep short philosophical novel written in a gnarled prose. It has religious themes of the fall of man and of the moral law, but there is no God. The book is about the beauty of innocence and its fate in the world. The book also considers the too-easy invocation of rights in a world of complexity .
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I have always been told that this short story is one of the best ever written. I found it very hard going. His style is ponderous and distracting. I mentally anticipated the ending when only half way through. Disappointing after his other works.
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...with every turn of the page! I took this out of the University library one rainy afternoon early last year and couldn’t put it down. As anyone who has read Melville’s most famous work Moby Dick will know all too well, his writing is some of the most atmospheric there is; weaving gloriously detailed descriptions with deeply allegorical structures to deliver us a work that transports us head-first into the world of his stories. I’m not saying this isn’t a slight work, when evaluated in the shadowy wake of the aforementioned whale tale, but the central concept of various tales of the sea all collected in one slim, though delightful little book is simply great. It’s been a long-cherished dream of mine to write a novel of transcribed sea shanties, and this acts as a pretty good blueprint. The concept is so evocative... it lends itself to stunning scenarios, larger than life characters, and grand battle sequences that conjure images in your mind that not even the producers of the Pirates of the Caribbean could have created. It isn’t as stirring or legendary in its use of narrative storytelling of say, Treasure Island, though the stories are good enough to keep you occupied for a couple of days... plus, it does act as a fairly adequate primer for other such tales of the sea.
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I'm commenting on technical issues with the Kindle version of this book - I enjoyed the stories very much but this was marred by terrible errors in spelling and punctuation, which sometimes made it hard to read and understand. It seemed as if someone had simply typed out the book and done a poor job, which then no one checked. I really hope some consistency is applied to standards of Kindle books soon.
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