Librivox Book Club-August: the confidence Man

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Post by neckertb » July 18th, 2011, 2:02 pm

Welcome to the 12th meeting of the LibriVox Book Club, running throughout August.

This month we are listening to The Confidence Man: his Masquerade read by mb (10:55:58).

This book is available as M4B and can be downloaded from this link.

The catalogue summary says:
MThe Confidence-Man: His Masquerade was the last major novel by Herman Melville, the American writer and author of Moby-Dick. Published on April 1, 1857 (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 travel down the Mississippi River toward New Orleans. The novel is written as cultural satire, allegory, and metaphysical treatise, dealing with themes of sincerity, identity, morality, religiosity, economic materialism, irony, and cynicism. Many critics have placed The Confidence-Man alongside Melville's Moby-Dick and "Bartleby the Scrivener" as a precursor to 20th-century literary preoccupations with nihilism, existentialism, and absurdism. (Introduction by Wikipedia)
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Post by Nullifidian » July 25th, 2011, 5:19 pm

No spoiler alerts, because I've not even begun, but this is one of my favorite novels. I'm looking forward to it. :D

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Post by jollyrogered » July 26th, 2011, 6:39 am

I am about two chapters in and I am greatly reminded of why I love Herman Melville so very, very much.
duck... duck... ZOMBIE!

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