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Author: Herman Melville. Journals: Volume Fifteen (Melville).

Author: Herman Melville. Seven Seconds or Less.

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John Bryant, Herman Melville, Hershel Parker, Harrison Hayford, G. Thomas Tanselle Reading Melville's Pierre; or, The Ambiguities. Brian R. Higgins, Hershel Parker.

John Bryant, Herman Melville, Hershel Parker, Harrison Hayford, G. Thomas Tanselle. Melville: The Making of the Poet. Reading Melville's Pierre; or, The Ambiguities.

While Pierre and Lucy are now rolling along under the elms, let it he said who Lucy Tartan was. It is needless to say that she was a beauty; because chestnut-haired, bright-cheeked youths like Pierre Glendinning, seldom fall in love with any but a beauty. And in the times to come, there must be-as in the present times, and in the times gone by-some splendid men, and some transcendent women; and how can they ever be, unless always, throughout all time, here and there, a handsome youth weds with a handsome maid?

In addition to his masterpiece, Moby-Dick, Melville wrote several notable novels and books of poetry.

Herman Melville's second book, Omoo, begins where his first book, Typee, leaves off. As the author described the book, "It embraces adventures in the South Seas (of a totally different character from 'Typee'. As the author described the book, "It embraces adventures in the South Seas (of a totally different character from 'Typee') and includes an eventful cruise in an English Colonial Whaleman (a Sydney Ship) and a comical residence on the island of Tahiti.

Melville Herman Pierre, Or the Ambiguities - читать книгу онлайн бесплатно. Pierre immaturely attempts a mature book. Tidings from the meadows.

Pierre, or The Ambiguities book. Reading Pierre For Melville's Bicentennial

Pierre, or The Ambiguities book. Also, there was an interesting film version of this about 10 years ago called Pola X starring the late Guillame Depardieu. Check it out, but only as an adjunct to the experience of the prose. Reading Pierre For Melville's Bicentennial. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 - 1891).

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Initially dismissed as "a dead failure" and "a bad book," and declined by Melville's British publisher, Pierre, or The Ambiguities has since struck critics as modern in its psychological probings and literary technique--fit, as Carl Van Vechten said in 1922, to be ranked with The Golden Bowl, Women in Love, and Ulysses. None of Melville's other "secondary" works has so regularly been acknowledged by its most thorough critics as a work of genuine grandeur, however flawed.This scholarly edition aims to present a text as close to the author's intention as the surviving evidence permits. Based on collations of the two issues and the two impressions of the single edition publishing in Melville's lifetime, it incorporates necessary emendations made by the series editors. This text of Pierre is an Approved Text of the Center for Editions of American Authors (Modern Language Association of America).

You, dear reader of this lonely review, see that no one has reviewed this book because, here I am half way through this book's life's journey and feeling woefully inadequate, the book is a wonderfully horrifying challenge. It is another of Melville's masterpieces that, because it's like Moby-Dick but difficult, people even in Melville's time---you know, a time with literate, rounded people who were sans internet and television and avec imagination---did not or could not or would not appreciate. The language is incredibly purple and one senses---I will happily confirm this sensation upon second and third readings---Melville is almost delightfully mocking that which he is also creating as an homage to a sensibility current and popular in his time. Melville is required reading and this book will hurt you but it will hurt in all the right ways.
One of Melville's best. Better than Moby Dick. As good as anything Albert Camus wrote. A true existential classic.
The producer of this version did a fine job, as the text is very clean (lacking in scanning errors). As for the story, I was enthralled by it. It is deep, dark, and disturbing. I look forward to reading analyses of this text as I am confident that I did not discover all that Melville embedded in it. If you are about to read Melville for the first time, don't start with this one.
I will be using this book as a study guide for writing my own novel. Needed a copy of the book that was inexpensive but in good condition--without other people's marks, so I can mark it up myself.
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I find myself in agreement with some of the more astute reviewers here that the critics, from Melville's contemporaries, to Updike, to Spengemann, who writes the Introduction to this Penguin Classics edition, have, to a one, got this book absurdly wrong.

Describing Pierre's library, Melville writes, "Uppermost and most conspicuous among the books were the Inferno of Dante, and the Hamlet of Shakespeare." They are also, it seems to me almost a superfluity to mention, the books Melville most had in mind whilst penning this odd, ponderous work. All comparison to other writers and works - including Melville's own - only hinder the reader.

The plot is indeed threadbare and trite, the dialogue is fusty and the narrative zigs and zags from extremity to extremity with no seeming order. - Actually, quoting Hamlet, "Seems, madam! Nay, it is;" - no real narrative thread to recount but that is tired and worn.

The significance and worth of the book is what transpires in Pierre's mind, just as Hamlet would be nothing without his soliloquies. But the work is emphatically NOT philosophical, as the term is commonly understood, "Plato, and Spinoza, and Goethe, and many more belong to this guild of self-impostors...those impostor philosophers pretend somehow to have got an answer; which is as absurd, as though they should say they had got water out of a stone; for how can a man get a Voice out of Silence?" I suppose the word to describe it is psychological or epistemological, but it is the dark psychology of the Inferno and the epistemology of the doomed Dane.

Everything in the perceptible world is indeed vertiginously ambiguous. As Pierre meditates in the early goings:

"Not immediately, not for a long time, could Pierre fully, or by any approximation, realize the scene which he had just departed. But the vague revelation was now in him, that the visible world, some of which before had seemed but too common and prosaic to him, and but too intelligible, he now vaguely felt, that all the world, and every misconceivedly common and prosaic thing in it, was steeped a million fathoms in a mysteriousness hopeless of solution." In other words, Pierre discovers that he lives in a world of ambiguities so disorienting that coming to any sort of terms with it or its inhabitants is a lost, hopeless endeavour.

The book is essentially a recounting of the soul plagued and blessed by intimations of another, spiritual realm and the loss of anything that measures up to them in what becomes, by the end of the book, an Inferno of ambiguities which our wildered 19th Century Hamlet is more than happy to depart.

I do not say that the book measures up in its execution to the two works from which it takes its theme. The wonder is that the theme of our precarious position in this shape-shifting world is braved at all.
This can be a difficult work, but it is beautiful. I can't tell you what it is about, because that is part of what it is about - the difficulty of communication.
This is a romance to turn you celibate.
Melville's worst.
For decades I've read about how dreadful "Pierre" is. Everyone from Newton Arvin to John Updike seems to have given it the back of the hand. (I think it was Updike who claimed that at no other time in literary history has such a bad book followed on the heels of such a good one [the good one being "Moby-Dick"].)

Admittedly, "Pierre" is very odd for a mid-nineteenth-century work -- so odd, in fact, that I'm surprised anyone even agreed to publish it. It starts out as a gothic but then about mid-way becomes a loose mixture of satire and philosophy, in much the same way that "Mardi" suddenly changes from seafaring adventure to satire/allegory. But throughout the book we find Melville's sharp insights and unique turns of phrase, while getting a view of 1850s America that's unique, to say the least.

Penguin's Kindle edition of "Pierre" has very few typos and includes a linked table of contents, a good critical introduction, and helpful explanatory endnotes. For some reason, however, the endnotes are not linked or even indicated in the text. This oversight is hard to excuse, since Penguin charges top dollar for its Kindle editions.