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Posted December 14, 2001
Billy Budd, a perspective from a New Hamptom School student.
Herman Melville, best known for his novels of the sea, has written some very good books, which include ¿Moby Dick¿, ¿Redburn¿, and ¿Bartleby the Scrivener¿. One of his great stories is ¿Billy Budd the Sailor¿. Melville was born in New York into a family of merchants. When Melville was 12, his father died. At the end of Melville¿s life during his retirement, the story ¿Billy Budd the Sailor¿ was written, but it was not discovered until Melville had passed on. Some people say that the story was never completely finished. The story takes place at the end of the eighteenth century; Billy Budd, the main character, is a sailor on the H.M.S Right-of ¿Man a British navy ship. Shortly after the story starts, he is transferred to a new ship called the H.M.S Bellipotent. The shift to the new ship doesn¿t work out that well for Billy. He was off to a good start, but rumors started and Billy gets mad. The rumors lead to him getting into a fight with the master-at-arms on the H.M.S Bellipotent . What happens to Billy after this? Well, you will have to read the book to find out. The story is a more challenging nineteenth century American story, but it is well worth the efforts you put in to it. ¿Billy Budd¿ is a very good book, one that you can read more than once and still find something new each time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2000
A Very Rewarding Read
Billy Budd, Sailor is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Melville's deep character descriptions lead to the hidden meanings and deep emotion so strong in this book. All the alusions, especially Biblical ones, show that Melville is writing for the critical and intelligent reader. This book requires thought on the reader's part but leaves a lasting impression. Reading comprehension is vital for your enjoyment, but for those that are able to grasp the novella's meaning it is a wonderful book. I highly recommend it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 15, 2011
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