His First Voyage : Being the Sailor-boy Confession and Reminiscences of the Son-of-a-gentleman, in the Merchant Service

Paperback - 2002
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Drawn from Melville's own adolescent experience aboard a merchant ship, Redburn charts the coming-of-age of Wellingborough Redburn, a young innocent who embarks on a crossing to Liverpool together with a roguish crew. Once in Liverpool, Redburn encounters the squalid conditions of the city and meets Harry Bolton, a bereft and damaged soul, who takes him on a tour of London that includes a scene of rococo decadence unlike anything else in Melville's fiction. In her Introduction, Elizabeth Hardwick writes, " Redburn is rich in masterful portraits--a gallery of wild colors, pretensions and falsehoods, fleeting associations of unexpected tenderness. . . . Redburn is not a document; it is a work of art by the unexpected genius of a sailor, Herman Melville."

This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the first American edition of 1849.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2002.
ISBN: 9780375760044
Branch Call Number: FIC Melvi
Characteristics: xix, 382 p. --


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Jun 07, 2017

I read the concrete paper page printed Redburn this past winter and loved the story as I've experinced something similar to the main character's dilemma myself recently having returned to England after a brief childhood stay before age 6. Not finding any relative at all made it easy to commiserate with Redburn and to enjoy reading about the port towns of old. A seaport ciiy where the British are, through the author's eye made to seem almost spoiled due to poverty or corruption it seems the author, aware of his social responsibility made getting some help for the poorest Brits entertaining enough that the story does make the Labor party seem who may still prefer the poorest Brits to have some help? Also, the cover of the book includes a work of art that shows a ship's crew in one of ships of the time and their humanity the artist captured well enough it is fitting for the book itself.

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