Review: Bartleby the Scrivener

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Bartleby the Scrivener
Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book Review

I remember disliking it because it was all about this guy that slept in an office and his boss came in and he never did any work or something. These are just my first thoughts about the story. Time to read it again. Yes, I did read this. But this time, I think I got more out of it. It’s about choices and what someone will do and won’t do. It’s also about the walls of Wall Street. Basically it’s all about being an individual versus being part of a society. It was suggested at the end of class the other day that when we read it, think about capitalism. I picked up on that a little, but I’m not sure I understand it. I liked the story more this time, especially the names of three other scrivener/copy people. Turkey and Nippers and Ginger Nut. I tried to make a connection to real life and all with the names, but nothing hit me.
I wonder what it would be like to be a scrivener – to copy things over and over again. I would probably do it. It sounds as though there is some monotony in it, but if others were there and you could do more than one thing at a time, then I could handle the job.

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3 thoughts on “Review: Bartleby the Scrivener

    shalini said:
    June 13, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Never heard of this

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    Luanne @ TFK said:
    June 13, 2017 at 8:02 PM

    I am nuts about this story. I would give it a 5 plus haha. Maybe I am an easy grader, but I think this is one of the greatest masterpieces of American literature.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 13, 2017 at 8:04 PM

      Really? I might need to go back and reread this one. The review was a bit of time ago. It wasn’t one of my favorites, but I wasn’t too happy over it. At the time. Good to know!

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