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Billy Budd, Sailor (Enriched Classics) Mass Market Paperback – Deluxe Edition, August 1, 2006
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About the Author
Herman Melville (August 1819 - September 1891) was an American novelist, essayist, and poet. During his lifetime his early novels, South Seas adventures, were quite popular, but his audience declined later in his life. By the time of his death he had nearly been forgotten. His masterpiece, Moby-Dick, was 'rediscovered' in later years and he is now widely esteemed as one of the most important figures in American literature.
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Top Customer Reviews
Billy Budd’s strange stutter, his wild homicide, his execution… do you they all really fall back on his great beauty, both the power conveyed by it, and the inability of other men to bear it without artifice or subterfuge? This is a difficult question to answer.
I suppose this is part of the ongoing fascination with this small, strange novel. There are Melville’s famous asides on topics not completely related to the plot, and the plot itself has an odd, jumpy feel, as if Melville is trying to fit congruent into a seamless whole. Anyone who has read Moby Dick will find this familiar.
So what we get is an odd novel with implausible events and murky, human motivations. In other words, a work by Melville.