Billy Budd, Sailor

Billy Budd Sailor A handsome young sailor is unjustly accused of plotting mutiny in this timeless tale of the sea

  • Title: Billy Budd, Sailor
  • Author: Herman Melville احمد میرعلائی
  • ISBN: 9781416523727
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
  • A handsome young sailor is unjustly accused of plotting mutiny in this timeless tale of the sea.

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    1. 704. Billy Budd, Foretopman, Herman Melvilleعنوانها: بیلی باد؛ بیلی باد ملوان؛ نویسنده: هرمان ملویل؛ انتشاراتیها: (اردیبهشت، کوثر، قصه پرداز، جویا، فردا) ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوازدهم ماه آوریل سال 2006 میلادیعنوان: بیلی باد؛ نویسنده: هرمان ملویل؛ مترجم: غلامحسین اعرابی؛ تهران، اردیبهشت، 136 [...]

    2. “Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its jagged edges.” ― Herman Melville, Billy BuddReading 'Billy Budd' left me thinking of David Foster Wallace and his unfinished novel The Pale King. Both are unfinished literary works that -- despite their roughness (and yes incompleteness) -- seem to suggest or hint that if given time/space/temperament, etc Melville and Wallace could have produced works equalling their respective magna opera. Both are full of a confident stillness that hint a [...]

    3. Dear High School Curriculum Writers:I am positive that you can find a better novel than this one to use when introducing symbolism and extended metaphor to developing readers. "Christ-figure" is the most over-used of these extended metaphors; over-used to the point where its offensiveness ceases to be about the in-your-face religious aspect of it and becomes instead about the simple over-use of the symbols. If you want to "go there" with symbolism and metaphor and have high school age kids the w [...]

    4. Herman Melville's place in the literary canon is secure today, mainly on the strength of his novel Moby Dick; but ironically, that work was largely panned by critics and regular readers alike when it was published, and in the last decades of his life (he died in 1891) the author turned away from trying to publish fiction to write poetry instead. But he didn't give up writing fiction privately; and this novella, begun late in 1888, is the testament to the fictional achievement of his later years. [...]

    5. Billy Budd adds to the evidence in Moby Dick that Melville was a master of the English language and a master of all things nautical. It's a great, short tale of good, evil and the sometimes harrowing injustice of circumstance. It was fascinating to see in Melville's last work, the dramatic difference in his earlier writing and the style of Billy Budd. For example, comparing two completely random sentences, first from Typee:In the course of a few days Toby had recovered from the effects of his ad [...]

    6. Wrong edition. Mine is by Blackstone Audio & read by Stephen Rudnicki, one of my favorite narrators. I managed to get 1/4 of the way through before I gave up in disgust. Melville has a terribly obtuse writing style. The man couldn't find a point in a bag of pins. All that time & Billy barely got settled on the Navy ship. He was a nice kid & should have been named Sunshine. Got it. SMH

    7. Billy Budd, another in Melville's oeuvre of nautical tales of gay passion, is shorter than his masterpiece and not as rewarding. The problem is that it's kindof boring and not much happens.It was Melville's last work, and he never really finished it - he just left a ton of scribbles and sketches and conflicting drafts kicking around - and maybe that's why it feels like a bit of a mess: because it literally was, before various people tried to stitch it together.Your basic story is that there's th [...]

    8. Melville, what are you about man? That's just too much telling for the story's own good!In Billy Budd, Sailor we have what could've been a grand, character-driven swashbuckling adventure. However, Melville apparently wanted to write about sailing and the early navy, and must have felt he needed to throw in a story to justify the book. The two subjects needed to merge more seamlessly for this to work. Otherwise two separate books should have been published, a treatise and a tale, for they are two [...]

    9. I had hoped that during the time that has lapsed between having had to read this and Moby-Dick or, The Whale as an undergraduate and now I would have warmed up a bit more to Melville, who along with Dickens holds the dubious distinction as being my least favorite "canonical" authors. No dice. I found this just as difficult to read and even more difficult to sustain any kind of interest in, and was most grateful for the relative brevity of Billy Budd, especially as Melville's writing style can ch [...]

    10. The tragic story of Billy Budd is a captivating and interesting read. Melville is a master of physical and psychological description and an expert at ships at sea and this makes for a great story. I am all too familiar with rumor-mongering and how poisonous and destructive it can be and this posthumously published novella serves as a sort of naval parable about it. A must read after Moby Dick.

    11. I feel like I should ask forgiveness for allotting only two stars to a Melville, but I felt adrift while reading Billy Budd, Foretopman. Perhaps, children, for whom this book was written, were more acclimated to reading books awash with philosophy about working relationships aboard a Royal Navy vessel, but I see few children in today's world tuning into this story.I had a hard time tuning in until more than halfway throughBilly Budd aka The Handsome Sailor, orphan, and already a seasoned foretop [...]

    12. I buy none of the characters Melville, and that is a first with you. The story is there though and it was a good adventure story - Sir Walter could have told it better, and that too is a first with you. But, despite the cribs, the foretopman and the motley crew will stay with me, but not for the telling.Adieu, Rights of Man! No irony intended, only Paine! Or not.

    13. Boring and meandering - the writing style too, is not to my taste. Why is this a classic and on the 1001 book you need to read list?

    14. This stands out as one of best punishments my parents ever doled out. We had to read this in high school over Christmas break. I just so happened to get grounded at the same time. My mom decided that I would be ungrounded when I finished this book. It's about 100 pages (so really short), and since we were on break from school I had literally nothing but time on my hands. It still took me 3 days--seriously--with nothing else to do to get through this. When we returned to school, I was one of 2 in [...]

    15. Biraz garip bir kitap, hem deniz ve gemicilik içeriğinden dolayı Moby Dick'e, hem de Billy Budd'ın tutumlarındaki kayıtsızlıktan ve diğer karakterlerin tavırlarından dolayı Katip Bartleby'e benziyor. Ama analizlere ve tasvirlere o kadar ağırlık vermiş ki, hikaye minicik kalmış. Ben pek tat alamadım bu kitaptan. İki yıldız vermeye elim varmıyor ama ancak o kadar tat alabildim kitaptan.

    16. While the themes of justice and law were interesting, what really stood out to me was the gay subtext of the novella. The last 5 chapters were intense, filled with memorable passages and analysis from different perspectives.

    17. Melville's late masterpiece, Billy Budd, recounts the tragic tale of the eponymous sailor. That is, it recounts what little tale there is to tell. The narration and descriptions waver back and forth so much as if caught in a breeze at sea that, at times, it becomes difficult to tell whether there is any narrative at all. This, of course, isn't a bad thing as Melville's writing is superb: "In fervid hearts self-contained, some brief experiences devour our human tissue as secret fire in a ship's h [...]

    18. Una trama semplice e lineare: siamo nel 1797, a bordo di una nave militare britannica. Un giovane marinaio, Billy Budd, viene forzatamente arruolato al servizio di sua maestà britannica in un periodo di turbolenze e ammutinamenti conseguenti agli effetti della rivoluzione francese. Il giovane, benvoluto da tutto l’equipaggio per la sua indole allegra e pacifica, viene accusato dal maestro d’armi Claggart di ammutinamento. Il capitano Vere predispone immediatamente un tribunale militare che [...]

    19. (Note: I read the version of this book collected in The Norton Anthology of American Literature; I chose this edition on for convenience's sake and because it also contains the text of the novella—that of Hayford and Sealts—the Norton uses.)It seems odd that this novella should ever have been required reading in American high schools and introductory literature courses. Its unfinished text remains in an uncertain state; its prose is maddeningly involuted, its sentences clogged with historic [...]

    20. I am on the fence with this book. About halfway through I started to pick up on the rhythm of the language and become interested in the story. Melville's sentences are so labyrinthine and filled with archaic words that I struggled to understand what was going on, let alone enjoy it. By the end of the book though I see where Melville was going with it and can appreciate this story. I did not enjoy the telling of it, though, so I'm going to give it 2 1/2 stars.

    21. Letto per il mio GDL.Direi che non fa per me. Tutto molto semplice, iper-simbolico, poco appassionante. M'aspettavo di trovarci dentro almeno un po' di mare, invece niente. Io e te, Herman, ci rivediamo a bordo della Pequod. Prima o poi. [57/100]

    22. Well this is a short compact story for Melville. Great dialogue and setting. Billy Budd a good sailor in general who has a bad experience on board his ship and suffers the severe consequences of his acts.

    23. So short, yet so very plump with taxing digressions, long-winded commentary, and mortal doses of Biblical references.A couple of examples:For what can more partake of the mysterious than an antipathy spontaneous and profound such as is evoked in exceptional mortals by the mere aspect of some other mortal, however harmless he may be, if not called forth by this very harmlessness itself? And here be it submitted that apparently going to corroborate the doctrine now popularly ignored, it is observa [...]

    24. Some time ago I watched the 1962 production of this Melville novella. At the time I had no particular attachment to the story so felt no transgression seeing the film first. The opposite being the case with Bartleby to which I'd become attached via Zizek's lionization of The Big B's passive act of defiance. Let me put it this way ; no harm was done in seeing the film before reading Billy Budd. The film is quite well done. And since we're dealing with a novella rather than a novel, the film gets [...]

    25. From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:The playwright Keith Dewhurst adapts Herman Melville's powerful story of persecution and retribution in the aftermath of the Naval Mutinies at Nore and Spithead in 1797. He also tells the story of the man who wrote it. Part of Radio 3's Britten centenary weekend, this play provides an alternative context to Britten's opera, which is also being broadcast on the station. Herman Melville was a man who himself had more than a passing acquaintance with mutiny. There was [...]

    26. Billy Budd is one of those extremely rare examples of a movie that is better than the book. Melville's original fails to take advantage of a book's natural ability to get inside the heads of its characters and, in so doing, gives up the advantage that books so traditionally have over their film adaptations. Instead, he wastes pages and pages on irrelevant physical descriptions which, of course, are taken care of in a split second when presented on screen. The details of the story are presented e [...]

    27. My favourite bit is when the captain asks his hammock-boy to smuggle the handsome sailor to his cabin. And the hammock-boy looks at the camera and pulls a face like Frankie Howerd. "'Mr. Wilkes!' summoning the nearest midshipman, 'tell Albertto come to me.' Albert was the Captain's hammock-boy, a sort ofsea-valet in whose discretion and fidelity his master had muchconfidence. The lad appeared.'You know Budd the Foretopman?''I do, Sir.''Go find him. It is his watch off. Manage to tell him out of [...]

    28. Guest review by sixteen-year old me. Me, what did you think? "Soooo boring. And will Mrs. Whateverhernamewas shut up about the symbolism? It's bad enough that she's making the whole class read the book without trying to push significance into every paragraph. At least there wasn't an omnipresent lurking Scarlet A."Haven't been back to re-read this. Probably should; Melville's been a recognized major force in American Literature for a long time.

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