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Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener

Just finished Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener, and what a wonder of a tale it is - of maddening stubbornness, of touching generosity, of melancholic poignancy, of wry humor, of responsibility both to one's self and to others, of staid propriety, of the vanished world of mid-nineteenth century Manhattan. And all of it wrapped up (in my Dover Thrift Editions copy, at least) in a tidy 32 pages. But since none of my adjectives can do this great story justice, I strongly encourage you to read it for yourself.

July 9, 2007 in Books | Permalink