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Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street is a story written by an American classic Herman Melvill.
It is a small philosophical masterpiece by great Melvill.
In the grotesque manner Melvill showed the relationship between a society and calm Bartleby, an American "little man". The main themes of this work are power and will. They have a philosophical meaning as well. The passive state of Bartleby is expressed by a Schopenhauer's formula (one of the philosophers respected by Melvill) of resignation (full submission to the fate, resigned humility, and giving up any activities).
But in order to deny something, one should at least have it…
When the nameless narrator an elderly Manhattan attorney hired another scrivener named Bartleby, he hoped the new employee would have a positive effect on scriveners Nippers and Turkey. However, Bartleby's curious tendencies and obstinate attitude plagued and confounded the narrator. Lackey turns in a workmanlike performance in this audio edition of Melville's famous story. His emphasis and delivery will keep listeners engaged, and he lends distinctive voices to the characters. His rendering of Bartlebly's famous repeated line, "I would prefer not to," captures the matter-of-fact delivery emphasized in the text. However, Lackey's voice sounds a bit too young for story's narrator. Still, this is an enjoyable take on the classic tale.