The confidence-man

his masquerade
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Dix, Edwards , New York
Statementby Herman Melville.
SeriesLibrary of American civilization -- LAC 16409.
The Physical Object
FormatMicroform
Paginationvi, 394 p.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL13557258M
OCLC/WorldCa11163649

Just re-read Herman Meliville's The Confidence Man: His Masquerade. Swindlers and fast-talkers on a river boat on the Mississippi around Intricate plot draws the reader in, hoping to avoid being fooled.

In the end, we're all fools/5(88). Set on April Fool's Day, The Confidence-Man () is an engaging comedy of masquerades, digressions and shifting identity, and a devastating satire on the American dream. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world/5(61).

The Confidence-Man, published inis best read by those interested in historical American literature and pre-Civil War nineteenth-century history. Melville's writing, characteristic of the time, is dense.

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I don't know what he was thinking. This is a book for an accomplished and determined reader with a lot of extra time on hand. 20 rows  The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade was the last major novel by Herman Melville. The Confidence Man is the last novel by Herman Melville, and is a statement on culture of the day and on human foibles and gullibility.

The main characters, including the. Charlie tells a complicated tale about backwoodsmen as a backhanded insult to Pitch, and Frank responds with a parable about having confidence in men (same old same old).

Charlie gets chased off when Frank asks to borrow money. Things are cool though, because Frank may have used demonic powers to calm Charlie down.

Gulp. The Confidence-Man caused a boatload of financial trouble for Melville and his publishing house, and it started an unresolved debate about whether this text even counts as a novel. This is definitely not your traditional story: it's twisty, dark, funny, sly, and it seems to have a great time doing what it does.

Long considered Melville's strangest novel, The Confidence-Man is a comic allegory aimed at the optimism and materialism of mid-nineteenth century America. Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington and the Education of a President is a book by journalist Ron Suskind, published by HarperCollins on Septem Author: Ron Suskind.

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A shape-shifting Confidence-Man approaches passengers on a Mississippi River steamboat and, winning over his not-quite-innocent victims with his charms, /5(7). The classic study of con men and con games that Luc Sante in Salon called “a bonanza of wild but credible stories, told concisely with deadpan humor, as sly and rich in atmosphere as anything this side of Mark Twain.” “Of all the grifters, the confidence man is the aristocrat,” wrote David Maurer, a proposition he definitely proved in The Big Con, one of the most colorful, well.

A satire on the works of Manifest Destiny, The Confidence-Man was Herman Melville’s last novel before he retired from writing. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook /5(88).

The Confidence-Man is the master of the hard sell. This book doesn't pull any punches when it comes to literary, historical, social, political, and biblical allusions. Melville also pulls out the SAT vocabulary prep book and throws in words that were already obscure during the time he was writing, in the s.

The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade Language: English: LoC Class: PS: Language and Literatures: American and Canadian literature: Subject: Satire Subject: Swindlers and swindling -- Fiction Subject: Mississippi River -- Fiction audio books by Jane Austen. The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade It is a difficult as well as a brilliant book, and many critics have offered interpretations of its complicated ambiguous symbolism.

Darrel Abel briefly summed up Moby Dick as "the story of an attempt to search the unsearchable ways of God," although the book has historical, political, and moral /5(8). Published on April 1, (presumably the exact day of the novel's setting), The Confidence-Man was Melville's tenth major work in eleven years.

The novel portrays a Canterbury Tales-style group of steamboat passengers whose interlocking stories are told as they Cited by:   The classic study of con men and con games that Luc Sante in Salon called “a bonanza of wild but credible stories, told concisely with deadpan humor, as sly and rich in atmosphere as anything this side of Mark Twain.” “Of all the grifters, the confidence man is the aristocrat,” wrote David Maurer, a proposition he definitely proved in The Big Con, one of the Brand: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

In the Confidence-Man, Melville's unnerving and hallucinatory satire on the American dream, a slippery trickster and master of disguise comes to swindle his fellow passengers - who themselves may also be con-men - aboard a Mississippi steamboat.

Billy Budd, Sailor, published after Melville's death inis a gripping allegory of good and evil, as an innocent man, pressed/5. Read Chapter 1 of The Confidence Man by Herman Melville.

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The text begins: A MUTE GOES ABOARD A BOAT ON THE MISSISSIPPI. At sunrise on a first of April, there appeared, suddenly as Manco Capac at the lake Titicaca, a man in cream-colors, at the water-side in the city of St.

Louis. His cheek was fair, his chin downy, his hair flaxen, his hat a white fur one, with a long. Rate this book. Clear rating. 1 of 5 stars 2 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars.

The Confidence-Man by Herman Melville 2, ratings The Confidence-Man Quotes Showing of 6 “Money, you think, is the sole motive to pains and hazard, deception and devilry, in this world. Onboard the Fidele, a steamboat floating down the Mississippi to New Orleans, a confidence man sets out to defraud his fellow passengers.

In quick succession he assumes numerous guises - from a legless beggar and a worldly businessman to a collector for charitable causes and a 'cosmopolitan' gentleman, who simply swindles a barber out of the price of a shave.

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A shape-shifting Confidence-Man approaches passengers on a Mississippi River steamboat and, winning over his not-quite-innocent victims with. Books based on these adventures, including Moby Dick, won him immediate success. This literary attention soon faded, however, as his prose became more ambitious, culminating in his final, and many would say greatest, novel, The Confidence-Man.

He died virtually unknown inand it was not until the s that he received recognition as a /5(55). The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade was the last major novel by Herman Melville, the American writer and author of Moby-Dick. Published on April 1, (presumably the exact day of the novel's setting), The Confidence-Man was Melville's tenth major work in eleven years.5/5(1).

Read Chapter 15 of The Confidence Man by Herman Melville. The text begins: AN OLD MISER, UPON SUITABLE REPRESENTATIONS, IS PREVAILED UPON TO VENTURE AN INVESTMENT. The merchant having withdrawn, the other remained seated alone for a time, with the air of one who, after having conversed with some excellent man, carefully ponders what.

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Read Chapter 16 of The Confidence Man by Herman Melville. The text begins: A SICK MAN, AFTER SOME IMPATIENCE, IS INDUCED TO BECOME A PATIENT The sky slides into blue, the bluffs into bloom; the rapid Mississippi expands; runs sparkling and gurgling, all over in eddies; one magnified wake of a seventy-four.

The sun comes out, a golden huzzar, from his. It is a difficult and metaphysical book. Parts of it are elucidated brilliantly in this conversation between Cornel West and D. Graham Burnett. Burnett suggests one reading: “ultimately the confidence man is a messianic figure, that the apotheosis of the con-man is a messiah.

Whoever can make us believe all the way to the end has saved us.Mixing his trademark satirical style with allegory and metaphysical treatise, Melville's The Confidence-Man is a precursor to the 20th-century literary preoccupations with nihilism, existentialism, and absurdism.