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The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade

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(3,556 Sterne; 18 Bewertungen)

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, 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) (10 hr 55 min)

Chapters

Chapters 1 and 2

16:48

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Chapters 3 and 4

38:39

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Chapters 5 and 6

29:10

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Chapters 7 and 8

29:55

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Chapters 9 and 10

25:46

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Chapters 11 and 12

14:41

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Chapters 13 and 14

20:55

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Chapters 15 and 16

33:54

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Chapters 17 and 18

22:50

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Chapters 19 and 20

33:05

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Chapters 21 and 22

1:04:57

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Chapters 23 and 24

27:55

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Chapters 25 - 28

55:45

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Chapters 29 and 30

52:11

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Chapters 31 - 36

39:58

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Chapters 37 - 39

25:48

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Chapters 40 - 41

45:32

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Chapters 42 and 43

36:36

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Chapters 44 and 45

41:33

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Bewertungen

Wonderful!

(5 Sterne)

It's each to their own, I guess, with reading styles. I've heard mb before in some of the plays on here and I think he reads this story very well. The story is insane though, no doubt about that!

(5 Sterne)

I think that I am correct in assuming that everyone is a confidence man. It felt as though the reader was on stage reading a play, very enjoyable.

Plenty of confidence

(4,5 Sterne)

Thank you for a wonderful reading!

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(5 Sterne)

A brilliant book brilliantly read!

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(1 Sterne)

I have a rule that when I have read a couple of chapters of a book, I will complete it unless it is shown to morally depraved either by language or prurient subject matter. This book sorely tempted me to break my rule. Not only was it in(s?)ane and utterly disjointed, but the reading could serve as a prime example of that dreaded theatrical term--"emote." The entire experience could well be literature's answer to religion's HAIR SHIRT!