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Bartleby, the Scrivener - Herman Melville

Loved this one. I was surprised by how funny Melville could be, which Moby Dick's slight touches of the ironic (church sermon, etc.) wouldn't really suggest. I would like to re-read this with more focus on the narrator: why does he allow Bartleby to stick around so long? Does his reluctance betray a fundamental agreement with Bartleby's principles/actions. Had a hunch this was an influence on the fiction output of the Existentialist and Absurdist writers that came around later. A short post-read exploration found Camus claiming it (along with Kafka, obviously) as the essential influence on him.


In closing: will re-read. Would highly recommend.


(Read 02/07/15)