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Bartleby, the Scrivener A Story of Wall-Street (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Herman Melville
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A unique character 3 avril 2014
Par Client_mystere TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS
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Bartelby is a story that makes you want to read Melville!
The narrator is a notary who will one day pass an ad to recruit a scribe in his study. It was then that Bartleby comes into play. Over time this being that was first shown working, conscientious, smooth, speaking to no one, gradually reveals another part of his personality: he refuses some work that his boss asked him, saying that he "would prefer not to" make, and does not. And this sentence then returns consistently in his mouth: "I ​​would prefer not to."
In this sense, Bartleby is a unique and original character, exciting, avant-garde literature and a phenomenon which may be called passive resistance.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I also prefer not to enter a title for my review 25 novembre 2012
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A companion piece to Moby-Dick, and probably one of the most important short stories ever written, although the distinction between a "short story" and a "novella" has been blurred in recent decades. Are we going strictly by length? And if so, what is the cut off?

At any rate, this is a fantastic story, if a bit heavy for the casual reader. Bartleby, the Scrivener, is the deeply disturbing and ultimately fatalistic portrait of one man's hopeless sojourn through the rat-maze of the times, which is, in fact, all times. Bartleby, a hopeless grunt of a worker, is extraordinary only because of the implacable insistence he places on retaining his individuality in the face of Melville's almighty corporate capitalist system. He is the mouse who utterly refuses to sniff the cheese. He is the cog that dares to resist the pressures both from within and without.

A former postal worker in a dead letter office, Bartleby finds himself attached to a law firm as a copyist, once again doing work he would rather not be doing with no end in sight, until he asserts vocally that he is not going to do it any longer. Or, in his words, he "prefers not to." Come what may, he prefers not to chase the cheese any longer -- was it the time he spent with the dead letters that changed him? We don't really know, can only guess. All we know for sure is that he, unaccountably, though accepting his status as a rat (for how can he not?) does not accept his label as tool, cog, wheel, mechanism, motion, pen without will, man without mind.

He prefers not to copy, and so he does not really copy, despite the cheese, despite the fact that he must copy, that there is no other alternative in the rat maze cheese world but to copy for his due like a good little normal streetwalking human. But he prefers not to mangle his individual humanity. Or he prefers not to further mangle his human individuality. In any case, he prefers not to copy until his body literally cannot copy a line anymore, and the choice is finally taken out of his hands. He preferred not to copy before; but he did it, as he operated in the dead letter office, because he had to, but now, he literally cannot copy, an instance of the body following the mind. Which is where the story really gets interesting. Because, obstinately, he then refuses to accept his fate, reasonable as it is. After all, he cannot, or is not willing to, work. So he must be fired. But he prefers not to leave the offices of his employer. He prefers not to copy (because, after all, his eyes are bad -- or is that the real reason?), but he prefers not to leave the offices, either.

This is a difficult story to get hold of, but it boils down to Bartleby's insufferable humanity, which is incompatible with the business world. Why won't he just go quietly along? Why must he hold so painfully to himself that the entire system must bear the burden of his kindly refusal not to do what he isn't inclined to? In other words, why can't he just go along like the other rats and fall into the dead heap at the end of the tunnel? Because there is no cheese, only a gallows.

Funny in places, certainly, as the system tries to reason with Bartleby, to get him to step back on the road preset for him, then mysterious, as we wonder: what the heck is this guy doing? Is this a scam of some sort? Then finally unbearably sad, as Melville tells us not only of Bartleby's final fate, but of how he really began -- among the dead letters in the post office.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Office Without a View 7 janvier 2014
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Melville's darkly curious novella about a mysterious stranger who refuses to leave his place of employment--even when fired--is sublty compelling; the plot gradually moves forward in small, psychological increments. This story, which could just as well have
been set in Victorian London, is related by an elderly narrator--a lawyer with two regular sciveners (legal copists) and
an office boy. But the addition of the inscrutable, pallid Bartleby creates a sensation in the small office; he quietly but simply
refuses to do anything but copy documents--eventually carrying his disobedience to passive revolt. Yet he refuses to depart; he "Prefers not" to do anything but waste away in semi-public view. How can his decent and compassionate employer remove the unwanted fellow--without resorting to crass police action?

Melville's unchaptered tale is charactereized by long paragraphs and a rich tapestry of vccabulary. Less a mstyery than one at first expects the simple plot unfolds more as a comment on the role of humanity in a social setting. How easy it would be to quell our collective conscience by institutionalizing the social misfits! This may be the first literary example of Passive Resistance. With no clear-cut villain in this odd tale readers are left in moral disquiet; thought-provoking reading for insightful readers.

(January 8, 2014)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Resemblance to Kafka`s Trial 26 juin 2013
Par chloe nava - Publié sur
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Black humor is all over the story, Bartleby embodies the lifeless characters we see everyday absorbed by paperwork. His boss tries to ascertain the trouble behind B. and becomes quite paranoid from time to time. Only in Kafka I have seen such disappointment of life, such indifference and lack of strength to escape from bureaucratic misery.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must read 19 décembre 2013
Par Cristiane R. A. Serruya - Publié sur
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The story is recounted many years after Bartleby has died by the narrator, or may be by Melville himself.
Well, this is Wall Street.
Bartleby is admitted to be a copyist, a scrivener, in a peculiar office, btw - where 3 employees are already working, each one has his strangeness - and the owner, who proclaims himself as a greedy man only interested in working with the rich men bonds.
To my surprise and, in my opinion, the owner is gentle - not kind - extremely polite, incapable of violence and is too much drawn to the weirdness of his employees, respecting each one of them (which for me, as an owner, would be rather impossible).
Bartleby uses 'I prefer not to', each time he is asked to do something that he is not copying. It's in my opinion, rather then a negation of what his employe demands, an assertion of his human choice.
Just to add some fire to this discussion, when Bartleby prefers not to, he pushes others onto doing something as he will not. As he affirms gently and kindly he prefers not to, or rather, as he hold forth his , making someone do it for him because the World and, specially Wall Street cannot be stopped.
Imagine, for just a moment, if the trio in the office do the same as Bartleby, or even the lawyer, if they prefer not to, what would happen?

He simply preferred not to just because Melville wanted the narrator - and us - to think about the possibility of someone who doesn't exist - or who doesn't want to exist - from the beginning because he affirms instead of negates that he preferred not to.

In fact, this is not a refusal, traced back to its Latin etymology praefero, the first meaning was "to bear before, to carry in front, to hold forth." And, later it was included the meanings of "to offer, to present."

So, this is his form of saying I am, and I choose not to do it from the beginning. It's his affirmation.

I don't agree that all humans are here to create in the sense of creating something new with Nietzsche and Marx that every men should be creating something new and Bartleby as copyist is denying when he affirms - or negates, if using Nietzsche's and Marx's thoughts, I prefer not to.

Even as a copyist, Bartleby was creating. As Lavoisier said, "In Nature, nothing is created, nothing is lost, everything is transformed."
Some humans are transformative, and this is creation on itself.
Copying an original document is a form of creation when the original document is not the same document anymore. It's transforming. And in the end, it's creating. So, apart from the great citations of Nietzsche, to whom I bow, and Marx, with whom I've my frictions, I don't think that Bartleby was there to negate himself because he was forbidden to create.

There is poetical assertion in not doing what you don't want to…
Beautiful, but sad.
'Oh, humanity!'
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I loved It 9 octobre 2013
Par K. Townsend - Publié sur
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Bartleby is a strange fellow. Circumstances of life make challenges that some people may hold onto until death. Its a great story the illuminates upon the life of Bartleby and the challenge of living.
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