Jun 05, 2020
Benito Cereno
Posted by Herman Melville

What has cast such a shadow upon you The Negro With its intense mix of mystery, adventure, and a surprise ending, Benito Cereno at first seems merely a provocative example from the genre Herman Melville created with his early best selling novels of the sea However, most Melville scholars consider it his most sophisticated work, and many, such as novelist Ralph Ellison What has cast such a shadow upon you The Negro With its intense mix of mystery, adventure, and a surprise ending, Benito Cereno at first seems merely a provocative example from the genre Herman Melville created with his early best selling novels of the sea However, most Melville scholars consider it his most sophisticated work, and many, such as novelist Ralph Ellison, have hailed it as the most piercing look at slavery in all of American literature Based on a real life incident the character names remain unchanged Benito Cereno tells what happens when an American merchant ship comes upon a mysterious Spanish ship where the nearly all black crew and their white captain are starving and yet hostile to offers of help Melville s most focused political work, it is rife with allusions a ship named after Santo Domingo, site of the slave revolt led by Toussaint L Ouverture , analogies does the good hearted yet obtuse American captain refer to the American character itself , and mirroring images that deepen our reflections on human oppression and its resultant depravities It is, in short, a multi layered masterpiece that rewards repeated readings, and deepens our appreciation of Melville s genius.The Art of The Novella SeriesToo short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature s greatest writers In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.

  • Title: Benito Cereno
  • Author: Herman Melville
  • ISBN: 9781933633053
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • Benito Cereno What has cast such a shadow upon you The Negro With its intense mix of mystery adventure and a surprise ending Benito Cereno at first seems merely a provocative example from the genre Herman Melvil


    melville! in a melville house edition!crazy, right?this is a nice taut little thrill-ride of a book. okay, it's got a lot of description of boat-architecture, so it isn't a complete thriller - melville does tend to go overboard (GET IT??) with the descriptions sometimes, but regardless, it is more emotionally engaging than, say, that book about the whale. and i haven't read a book more full of seamen since reading Torn. to a modern reader, the situation is pretty apparent from the get-go, but th [...]


    This novella—in which Amasa Delano, an American captain, visits a mysterious Spanish slave-ship captained by Benito Cereno--is my favorite of Melville’s short works. It is not only as profound as Bartleby and Budd but also more pleasing. A first-rate adventure, it features an innocent in peril, the flash of steel, the flow of blood, surprises, astonishment, a hairbreadth escape, and a last minute rescue. Yet somehow it has never been a favorite with the average reader. Perhaps this is becaus [...]

    Paquita Maria Sanchez

    Whew. Gut-punch. I'm going to attempt to tread lightly here, as any real down-and-dirty analysis of this story would be a worse spoiler of the plot's resolution than the Barton Fink DVD menu screen (and if you haven't seen this so-awesome-there-are-no-words-movie and you decide to watch it on DVD, do yourself a favor and mute the sound, insert the disk, close your eyes, press play, and only then un-mute and enjoy. You will thank me later.) So, yeahray into the realm of the audio book! I listened [...]


    I'm still dancing around the big white whale, putting off a re-read of Moby Dick by approaching it at a tangent, tackling other, shorter books by Melville.Benito Cerenodoes a great job in showcasing the talent of the master, combining a sea-tale with a moving account of human souls pushed to the limits of endurance and beyond. Using a similar tehnique toBartleby, The Scrivener , the main character is revealed indirectly, through the eyes of a benevolent witness. In this case the narrator is a ce [...]


    Everything was mute and calm; everything gray. The sea, though undulated into long roods of swells, seemed fixed, and was sleeked at the surface like waved lead that has cooled and set in the smelter's mould. The sky seemed a gray surtout. Flights of troubled gray fowl, kith and kin with flights of troubled gray vapors among which they were mixed, skimmed low and fitfully over the waters, as swallows over meadows before storms. Shadows present, foreshadowing deeper shadows to come.And come they [...]

    Evripidis Gousiaris

    Με κάθε σελίδα που περνούσε ένιωθα το κλίμα να είναι όλο και πιο περίεργο και επικίνδυνο. Μια νουβέλα όπου απόλαυσα με το παραπάνω (όπως κάθε έργο του Melville) και όπου σε πολλά σημεία ένιωσα ένα περίεργο αίσθημα απειλής. Πολλοί το χαρακτήρισαν στην αρχή ρατσιστικό και στην συν [...]


    Gran nouvelle de Melville donde "nada es lo que parece". El Capitán Delano encuentra al Benito Cereno y su tripulación en malas condiciones. Pero algo no cierra en toda esta historia. Es fácil hacer spoiler de este libro, pero lo interesante es leerlo ya que su final sorprende


    A thought-provoking novella by Herman Melville, master of multi-layered stories and convoluted sentences. In Benito Cereno, an American merchant ship, The Bachelor's Delight, stumbles upon a more battered and worn-down ship, the San Dominick. Captain Delano, leader of the American ship, soon learns about how the San Dominick got into such a horrid condition, and he gets in close contact with the Spanish captain Benito Cereno as well as his slave Babo. Delano realizes though that this situation h [...]


    [spoiler alert][2014]Straordinaria costruzione della tensione e dell’ambiguità, continua, prolungata oscillazione tra conforto e terrore; forte punto di vista colonialista e razzista: è lo sguardo sul mondo del capitano Amasa Delano (del Massachussets, anche se dal nome non si direbbe) naturalmente, ma anche dell’innominato e appena percettibile narratore, che a quanto pare è amico e confidente del capitano. Quindi il cattivo è il negro schiavo che guida la rivolta violenta e pretende di [...]


    This novella takes a bit of patience to get into, but once you do, you are greatly rewarded. There's suspense, there's ambiguity (ambiguity galore!). There's much to think about, I suspect, for quite a long time after you're finished. The reader probably understands what has happened long before the American captain (we see most of the story through him) does, but there is plenty enough in the revelation that has you paging backwards and stopping yourself from paging forwards. Only once is the r [...]


    Unreadable. Probably good if you have the patience for it, which I do not. After reading a page three or four times without understanding anything, smoke starts coming out of my ears. I turn green, double in size, don a pair of tight ripped purple shorts and reduce texts of "classic literature" to public-domain wood pulp. Okay, I have to stop writing this review now, I'm getting mad just thinking about it.


    Melville is a genius. This short Gothic novella begins ploddingly and quite dull but builds in tension and horror almost imperceptibly (unless you already know the story) to a sudden and all-encompassing tragic climax. Based on a true story, it was written and left by Melville as an exposition of facts seen from all sides and leaves all the uncomfortable questions in a bloody lump on your lap, "here, you answer them."There was unfortunately one thing I couldn't get past, one bias that I brought [...]


    Fascinating and deeply unsettling nineteenth century tale about race, slavery, crime and deception at sea. Although Melville’s motives on these issues—if even he knew what they were—are not clear, that in itself is what makes the story so enduring and timeless. However, what earns five stars from me is Melville's skillful handling of his real objective which was to show the reader how his/her own prejudices and biases (especially concerning race and slavery) affect perceptions. Benito Cere [...]


    L'atmosfera misteriosa e tesa di questo breve racconto è sicuramente l'aspetto più interessante dell'intero impianto narrativo. La sensazione di immobilità che si respira all'interno della trasandata e quasi fantasma nave su cui si svolge l'azione è resa perfettamente, il costante senso che ci sia qualcosa che non quadra nel comportamento del capitano e dell'equipaggio è tratteggiato con altrettanta maestria e la suspance è di certo un elemento fondamentale del testo. Il confronto psicolog [...]


    Every year, there's that one "classic" where you're the only person of color in the room and you have to cringe through a professor just narrowly catching themselves on every slur and instance of racist depictions possible. This is that classic for this year.

    Edward Rathke

    This is a tricky book to rate. In some ways it seems explicitly racist and at other times seems the exact opposite. Also, the first half is a sort of mystery and the second half is sort of a meta-examination of the first.It's a confounding text and I don't really know what to think of it. In regard to race: I've always read Melville as being more generous to minority groups than many and so I'm inclined to think this is more a tale of mutiny without any real regard to race. The africans are give [...]


    A Massachusetts whaling ship is anchored off the island of Santa Maria when another ship, looking listless and forlorn, drifts toward the island. When the captain and a few men head over to investigate, they find Spanish sailors and black slaves desperate for water and supplies. The captain of this hapless lot, Benito Cereno, seems weak, aloof, and entirely unqualified to command a ship. What’s the deal? Don’t read the back of the book or descriptions of the plot, as knowing anything about t [...]


    Delano knows Cereno's name, not his story

    Eric Uribares

    Una historia de piratas sin piratas. Una historia náutica sin muchas millas marítimas. Un ejemplo de novela en la que el lector intuye todo, pero el misterio se revela, como debe ser, hasta las últimas páginas. Y la prosa, barroca, no enturbia en lo mínimo la historia.

    Garden of

    I read my first Melville novella at the end of last year, Bartleby the Scrivener, and loved Melville’s use of antique language and his highly wrought sentence structures. However initially I found Benito Cereno tough going for the same reasons. It was only in retrospect I realised crafty old Melville is employing circumlocution as a means of heightening the sense of confusion in which the book abounds. The book has to be read twice, once from the perspective of the unreliable narrator, the ‘ [...]

    Naya Dalakoura

    Ο Μπενίτο Σερένο είναι ένα σύντομο μυθιστόρημα που έγραψε ο Μέλβιλ λίγο μετά τον Μόμπυ Ντικ. Ολόκληρο το κείμενο καταλαμβάνει η εξαιρετικά πλασμένη αφήγησης μιας εξέγερσης σκλάβων στο Ισπανικό πλοίο του Μπενίτο Σερένο, ανοιχτά της Χιλής. Η πλοκή θεατρική, η περιγραφή πυκν [...]


    Wowza. I don't even know what to say about Benito Cereno. This is my first Melville, believe it or not. I've never read his other works, and this is quite the introduction.Melville House says, "Based on a real-life incident--the character names remain unchanged--Benito Cereno tells what happens when an American merchant ship comes upon a mysterious Spanish ship where the nearly all-black crew and their white captain are starving and yet hostile to offers of help. Melville's most focused politica [...]


    I actually really enjoyed this. I think many could benefit from a second read, just because you'll actually be able to recognize and pick up the clues easier the second time around (in reference to the ending).


    Este libro me sorprendió mucho, no esperaba que me fuera a gustar, pero lo disfruté de principio a fin, y además no me esperaba para nada ese final. Excelente libro.


    Un racconto ricco di tensione, con tratti onirici, ed anche, a mio parere, un certo umorismo di sfondo.Il protagonista, capisce solo alla fine se la situazione in cui si trova sia effettivamente di pericolo oppure no. Le stranezze della nave in cui è "ospite" per un giorno, sono un'effettiva minaccia per lui?Qual è il mistero che si cela dietro allo strano comportamento del capitano Benito Cereno?Il finale non mi è piaciuto, non tanto per la "soluzione" in sè, che anzi rende nel complesso af [...]


    A sea adventure novella

    Syahira Sharif

    "Benito Cereno" were never meant to be read only once. However, it took me some multiple reads into this short novel to make sense of the plot as the book need to be absorbed more than its meant to be read. Based on a true story, "Benito Cereno" was narrated by a very gullible unreliable narrator about a mysterious Spanish slave trade ship and its strange occupants. Like most thing in history about that time, the story basically centered about imperialism, slavery, white man burden, prejudices e [...]


    I think, that after Bartleby and after this, I am finally coming round to Melville's writing style It just took me a while to appreciate that damn Melville doesn't like plot or action- rather to me his short stories are marked by inaction- a suspended tranquility inundated with description. Gosh damn Melville likes description- not only that, but he likes description that is almost peripeheral to any point that he is trying to make. The meaning lies behind his ample description, in what is not b [...]

    Mike Jensen

    I’m probably not capable of receiving this book in the way that its first readers did. Race and racial sensitivity were not issues to be bothered with then, so the racial issues, which are pretty much all I see, would not have cluttered the story for them. The older Melville criticism I have read sees this as a story about good and evil, with (not to give too much away) one faction representing evil and the other innocence.This is turned on its head today. Oh, the same side is evil, but in a w [...]


    In this novella, Melville creates an atmosphere of mystery and ominous foreboding, persisting and intensifying as Captain Delano tries to understand the enigma of an apparently ill-fated ship with its debilitated captain, Cereno, his handful of Spanish crew, and hoard of black slaves. Delano is by turns suspicious and credulous, uneasy and seemingly gulled, convinced of sinister and ulterior designs and then reassured by his own optimism. The intense strain this places on the reader is artful, h [...]

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