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Redburn: His First Voyage, Being the Sailor-Boy, Confessions and… (1849 original; edició 1977)

de Herman Melville, Harold Beaver

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Drawn from Melville's own adolescent experience aboard a merchant ship, Redburn charts the coming-of-age of Wellingborough Redburn, a young innocent who embarks on a crossing to Liverpool together with a roguish crew. Once in Liverpool, Redburn encounters the squalid conditions of the city and meets Harry Bolton, a bereft and damaged soul, who takes him on a tour of London that includes a scene of rococo decadence unlike anything else in Melville's fiction. In her Introduction, Elizabeth Hardwick writes, "Redburn is rich in masterful portraits--a gallery of wild colors, pretensions and falsehoods, fleeting associations of unexpected tenderness. . . . Redburn is not a document; it is a work of art by the unexpected genius of a sailor, Herman Melville." This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the first American edition of 1849.… (més)
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Títol:Redburn: His First Voyage, Being the Sailor-Boy, Confessions and Reminiscences of the Son-of-a-Gentleman, In the Merchan
Autors:Herman Melville
Altres autors:Harold Beaver
Informació:Penguin Classics (1977), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 448 pages
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Redburn: His First Voyage, Being the Sailor-Boy, Confessions and Reminiscences of the Son-of-a-Gentleman, In the Merchant Service de Herman Melville (1849)

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Incapaz de encontrar emprego em casa, o jovem Wellingborough Redburn alista-se no Highlander, um mercador de Nova York com destino a Liverpool, na Inglaterra. Representando-se como o "filho de um cavalheiro" e esperando ser tratado como tal, ele descobre que é apenas uma mão verde, um "menino", o posto mais baixo do navio, atribuído a todas as funções que nenhum outro marinheiro deseja, como limpar o "chiqueiro" a bordo. O imediato imediatamente o apelida de "Botões" para os brilhantes em sua jaqueta pouco prática. Redburn rapidamente entende o funcionamento das relações sociais a bordo do navio. Como um marinheiro comum, ele não pode ter contato com aqueles "atrás do mastro" onde os oficiais comandam o navio. Diante do mastro, onde mora e trabalha o marinheiro comum, um valentão chamado Jackson, o melhor marinheiro a bordo, domina o medo com punho de ferro. Sem educação, mas astuto, com nariz quebrado e olho vesgo, ele é descrito como "um Caim à tona, marcado em sua testa amarela com alguma maldição inescrutável e corrompendo e queimando cada coração que batia perto dele". Redburn logo experimenta todas as provações de um novato.

Quando o navio pousa em Liverpool, ele recebe liberdade para desembarcar. Ele aluga um quarto e anda pela cidade todos os dias. Um dia, em uma rua chamada Launcelott's Hey, ele ouve "um lamento fraco" de um porão sob um antigo armazém e, olhando para dentro, vê "a figura do que tinha sido uma mulher. Seus braços azuis dobrados sobre o peito lívido duas coisas encolhidas como crianças , que se inclinou em sua direção, um de cada lado. A princípio eu não sabia se eles estavam vivos ou mortos. Eles não fizeram nenhum sinal; não se moveram nem se mexeram; mas da abóbada veio aquele lamento doentio. " Ele corre em busca de ajuda, mas é recebido com indiferença por um trapaceiro, um carregador, sua senhoria, até mesmo por um policial que lhe diz para cuidar de seus próprios negócios. Ele volta com um pouco de pão e queijo e os joga no cofre para a mãe e os filhos, mas eles estão fracos demais para levá-los à boca. A mãe sussurra "água", então ele corre e enche o chapéu de lona em um hidrante aberto. As meninas bebem e reanimam o suficiente para mordiscar um pouco de queijo. Ele agarra os braços da mãe e os puxa para o lado para ver "um bebê magro". Julgando-os além do ponto em que o remédio poderia ajudar, ele retorna ao seu quarto. Poucos dias depois, ele revisita a rua e encontra o cofre vazio.

O livro é uma narrativa fictícia baseada vagamente na primeira viagem de Melville a Liverpool em 1839. ( )
  Marcos_Augusto | Jul 23, 2021 |
Wellingborough Redburn comes from a large and illustrious New York mercantile family which has recently become impoverished because of the bankruptcy and death of his father. Needing to support himself, he decides to find employment where employment is available - the sea. This novel, like Melville's earlier Typee and Omoo, is a sort of fictionalized memoir based upon his own experiences at sea - this time his first voyage in 1839. This was not aboard a whaling ship but on a merchant vessel carrying goods and passengers from New York to Liverpool and back. Redburn is far more advanced in literary matters than his co-workers but this counts for nothing until he has learned (literally) the ropes and how to manage sails with them. His self-deprecating humor as this process begins and continues is a good deal of what makes this novel so entertaining. He suffers much but learns through what he suffers and because of his outstanding literary gifts and capacities for close and discerning observation gives us a very vivid view of his fellow crew members, their ship and their very arduous lives. Once in Liverpool we are treated to some very touching scenes of the poverty and vice there at that day and Henry Bolton, a young Englishman in comparable circumstances to Redburn's own is introduced. Henry joins the return trip to New York seeking to emigrate to America, but sadly comes to a tragic end despite Redburn's efforts on his behalf. This and Redburn's many speculative (i.e. Melvillean) flights of fancy ultimately turn this into quite a deep and serious work. ( )
1 vota markbstephenson | Jan 6, 2014 |
Melville is one of the writers I 'saved for later'. I wanted to be able to crack open the occasional unread heavy hitter. It was a risky move. Anything goes wrong now, I will never read 'Moby Dick', and if that car in St-Lazare had driven rather than skidded into my bike back in '04, I would never have read 'Moby Dick' or 'Redburn'. That would be a pity. I would have missed watching Wellingborough, cringe green at the start, learn his ropes. It is complicated, physically taxing work that Melville describes through the young man's apprentice eyes. These are some beautiful pictures, as elegant as snowflakes and as phantom.
"There is no counting the names, that surgeons and anatomists give to the various parts of the human body; which, indeed, is something like a ship; its bones being the stiff standing-rigging, and the sinews the small running ropes, that manage all the motions."
Here is a passage about navigation that in the era of GPS gives me shivers, "The ship lay gently rolling in the soft, subdued ocean swell; while all around were faint white spots; and nearer to, broad, milky patches, betokening the vicinity of scores of ships, all bound to one common port, and tranced in one common calm. Here the long, devious wakes from Europe, Africa, India, and Peru converged to a line, which braided them all in one."
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  dmarsh451 | Mar 31, 2013 |
Written at speed and to order, Redburn is a much more disciplined work than the fateful self-indulgence of its predecessor Mardi and at moments even approaches the greatness of Moby Dick.

Read the full review on The Lectern ( )
8 vota tomcatMurr | Apr 12, 2012 |
Redburn Wellingborough, a young man who idealizes his Revolutionary War era father, decides to go to sea, leaving his bereaved mother and sister and taking with him a journal written by his father that he regards as sacrosanct. The moment he leaves home, however, he is ridiculed for his antique clothing, and we become aware that we are in the Jackson Era, during which most Revolutionary Era pieties, institutions, and assumptions, including the assumption of having a prosperous family farm, have been exploded. Redburn is an outcast, a fact which is underscored when he encounters mean bullies in New York City and, even worse, the malignant Captain Riga, a Russian who defrauds him mercilessly. He acquires a friend on the voyage to Liverpool and, when there, he discovers that his father made his money from the slave trade. He attempts to get food for a starving mother and her children and, eventually, makes his way back to the boat for the voyage back to New York City. He has a friend who is ruthlessly and unspeakably bullied--made to engage in the most debasing sexual and social rites--and keeps a measured distance from the victim of the relentless Jackson. When he arrives back in New York, he deserts his friend, who he later learns has died. ( )
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Drawn from Melville's own adolescent experience aboard a merchant ship, Redburn charts the coming-of-age of Wellingborough Redburn, a young innocent who embarks on a crossing to Liverpool together with a roguish crew. Once in Liverpool, Redburn encounters the squalid conditions of the city and meets Harry Bolton, a bereft and damaged soul, who takes him on a tour of London that includes a scene of rococo decadence unlike anything else in Melville's fiction. In her Introduction, Elizabeth Hardwick writes, "Redburn is rich in masterful portraits--a gallery of wild colors, pretensions and falsehoods, fleeting associations of unexpected tenderness. . . . Redburn is not a document; it is a work of art by the unexpected genius of a sailor, Herman Melville." This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the first American edition of 1849.

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