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Benito Cereno

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(4,467 Sterne; 46 Bewertungen)

On an island off the coast of Chile, Captain Amaso Delano, sailing an American sealer, sees the San Dominick, a Spanish slave ship, in obvious distress. Capt. Delano boards the San Dominick, providing needed supplies, and tries to learn from her aloof and disturbed captain, Benito Cereno, the story of how this ship came to be where she is. Dealing with racism, the slave trade, madness, the tension between representation and reality, and featuring at least one unreliable narrator, Melville's novella has both captivated and frustrated critics for decades. (Summary by Nullifidian) (3 hr 53 min)


Ch 1 - A Ship


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Ch 2 - Aboard San Dominick


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Ch 3 - Don Benito's Story


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Ch 4 - The Blacks


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Ch 5 - Questions


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Ch 6 - The Boat Appears


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Ch 7 - The Boat Arrives


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Ch 8 - In the Cuddy


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Ch 9 - Business


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Ch 10 - Safe Harbour


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Ch 11 - Into the Boat


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Ch 12 - Pursuit


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Ch 13 - A Deposition


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Ch 14 - Conclusion


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(5 Sterne)

This was a heavy and foreboding tale, wrapped in mystery and questions of deception. I found the book very entertaining and engaging. The reading was fine and by adjusting the speed went smoothly. Melville, as usual, creates absorbing characters, and with whom one is left, in this case, on the windless sea.

(3,5 Sterne)

The first reader was really difficult to get through and one in the very middle was quite tedious, but the rest went well. I'm glad I pushed through. Better to just read the first two chapters through.

An interesting tale

(5 Sterne)

A wonderful narration by an expressive reader is almost ruined by background white noise in the first part.

(5 Sterne)

well read with the exception of one chapter by some texan who should have been rejected.

(0,5 Sterne)

The reading is difficult to listen to, which, given Melville’s language, is a shame.


(5 Sterne)

very well read by the various readers

it's homophobic

(5 Sterne)

No explicit gay orgies. Remember any story that does not explicitly describe anuses being impaled by multicultural penises is in fact homophobic and raycyst. Story needs to be pulled from the world's libraries. Children could read this story and become rampaging, homophobic, raycyst, colonizing, cultural imperialists