The Confidence-Man

The Confidence-Man

Herman Melville / Aug 21, 2019

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  • Title: The Confidence-Man
  • Author: Herman Melville
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers You may find it for free on the web Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

    Confidence trick Terminology The perpetrator of a confidence trick or con trick is often referred to as a confidence or con man, con artist, or a grifter.Samuel Thompson was the original confidence man Thompson was a clumsy swindler who asked his victims to express confidence in him by giving him money or their watch rather than gaining their confidence in a nuanced way. The Confidence Man His Masquerade Penguin Classics The Confidence Man His Masquerade Penguin Classics Herman Melville, Stephen Matterson on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Onboard the Fidle, a steamboat floating down the Mississippi to New Orleans, a confidence man sets out to defraud his fellow passengers In quick succession he assumes numerous guises from a legless beggar and a worldly businessman to a The Confidence Man His Masquerade Norton The text of The Confidence Man reprinted here is again that of the first American edition , slightly corrected. The Second Edition features significantly expanded explanatory annotations, particularly of biblical allusions Contemporary Reviews includes nineteen commentaries on The Confidence Man, eight of them new to the Second Edition.Better understood today are the concerted The Confidence Man His Masquerade by Herman Melville Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Dirty Money Netflix Official Site From crippling payday loans to cars that cheat emissions tests, this investigative series exposes brazen acts of corporate greed and corruption Watch trailers learn . Joseph Smith Nineteenth Century Con Man Sidney Rigdon SECTION Counterfeiting Confidence For most of us the term Confidence Man probably summons up mental images of the shifty three card monte dealer, the passer of bogus currency and the salesman of Brooklyn Bridge deeds but such popular stereotypes fail to convey the essential role of the confidence man He is the booster of utopias, the solicitor of charitable outpourings, and the The Apprentice Creators Call Trump s Reality Show a Scam The Confidence Man, directed by Fisher Stevens Bright Lights , is the final episode of the Alex Gibney created docuseries Dirty Money It contends that Trump the tycoon is really a myth created confidence man con confidence game trick con game trick JP jp timador Diccionario Ingls Espaol WordReference timador Traduccion ingles de diccionario ingles Principal Translations Spanish English timador, timadora nmf persona que tima confidence trickster n noun Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc colloquial con artist, con man n noun Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc La polica detuvo a un timador buscado en varios pases.

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      • Herman Melville

        Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet His first two books gained much attention, though they were not bestsellers, and his popularity declined precipitously only a few years later By the time of his death he had been almost completely forgotten, but his longest novel, Moby Dick largely considered a failure during his lifetime, and most responsible for Melville s fall from favor with the reading public was rediscovered in the 20th century as one of the chief literary masterpieces of both American and world literature.


    1. This is the kind of book that could’ve gone on forever, concluding only when the author’s spleen and/or exuberance gave out, and Melville admitted as much with the last sentenceSomething further may follow of this Masquerade.but this reader’s glad it didn’t, as his enthusiasm for the book faded toward the end. Which isn’t to knock the book necessarily, since The Confidence Man is almost more of a conceptual piece than a novel; meaning that the idea is as important, or even more, than t [...]

    2. Short review: Complicated, dense, angry, and funny too (though in that depressing kind of way). Longer, more rambling comments and some quotes: If one is going to try and come up with some sort of definition of a "masterpiece" surely one of the criteria must be an almost permanent relevance - that something of what is said about our species remains as true now as it was when the author picked up his pen. This wonderful book, and a quick google shows me I am far from the first to think this, spea [...]

    3. An arduous read. I read 4 pages a day. Very tough going but I finished it. Only great admiration for the author pulled me through. Not recommended if you have not read his other works. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, of course, but for something lighter try Typee and Omoo. Both are South Seas adventure stories. Later, when you're hooked, after the diverting White Jacket and Redburn and the stories, you may want to move on to the oddments like this and the virtually unreadable Pierre: or, The Ambiguiti [...]

    4. The Confidence Man is a very cryptic book. Poorly received during its time and was the last book he published in his lifetime. It is part morality play, part theatre, part absurd - it is very hard to label in fact. At the beginning, the revolving characters reminded me of Chaucer's Tales (a possible inspiration for Melville?) amd then I also thought of Richard Linkletter's cult classic first movie, Slacker where each character introduces us to a new one and then vanishes. If I compared A Brief H [...]

    5. Herman Melville es y será uno de mis autores favoritos. De hecho, Moby Dick es mi libro preferido. El Embaucador es la historia de un farsante de poca monta y charlatán que se sube a un barco que va de Mississipi a New Orleans y, disfrazándose, va engatusando a pasajero desprevenidos, formado por banqueros, filántropos, políticos y otras personalidades de la época (tengamos en cuenta que El Embaucador es su última novela larga, publicada en 1857), usualmente para sacarles plata, utilizand [...]

    6. Combustible, brilliant, dialectical, like a Marx brothers film in the mid American 19th Century. Literally filled with ramshackle, charming, sleazy, opportunistic, phantasmal, eccentric, grotesque, gaudy, loquacious characters who are all out to * Talk- to anyone, about anything, especially their own opinions, biases, agendas, philosophies and observations* Trick- (see above) that is, to "con" anyone they can get their hands on to abide by or follow or merely acknowledge their particular grievan [...]

    7. Strange, that in a work of amusement, this severe fidelity to real life should be exacted by anyone, who, by taking up such a work, sufficiently shows that he is not unwilling to drop real life, and turn, for a time, to something different. Yes, it is, indeed, strange that any one should clamour for the thing he is weary of; that any one, who, for any cause, finds real life dull, should yet demand of him who is to divert his attention from it, that he should be true to that dullness.Well said, m [...]

    8. The Confidence-Man, published in 1857, is best read by those interested in historical American literature and pre-Civil War nineteenth-century history. Melville's writing, characteristic of the time, is dense. Descriptive paragraphs are weighed down with appositional phrases--it is just a different style.I read the book straight through but would have done better reading it like a textbook, making frequent reference to the end-notes and spending more time understanding the language. As the end-n [...]

    9. We are all human beings, are we not? And I too, by taking a gander around this here site, would claim that we are all book lovers, are we not? Do we not all find comfort, pleasure, and even sustenance from the artfully bound vellum which surrounds us? Of course we do! We live off of these books! We integrate them into our very lives and livelihoods! Else why would we even be on this site in the first place? But I've already touched on the heart of the matter. Sustenance. To be thought of as our [...]

    10. An American Book of Job or Canterbury Tales (Antebellum Tales?) filled with Melville’s erudite musings, digressions, and ability to stretch a metaphor into unusual and contradictory shapes. Also a kin to Gogol’s Dead Souls but a little more successful than that book, but, to Gogol’s credit he did go nuts and not finish the book; and also Melville hits closer to home with concerns over the medical industry, credit based economy, genocide of the Indians, and man’s place in the universe, th [...]

    11. This is Melville's most modern, even post-modern, work of fiction. An amazing tale that I read for our Lincoln Park Thursday Night book group. The title refers to its central character, an ambiguous figure who sneaks aboard a Mississippi steamboat on April Fool's Day. This stranger attempts to test the confidence of the passengers, whose varied reactions constitute the bulk of the text. Each person including the reader is forced to confront that in which he places his trust. The Confidence-Man u [...]

    12. Call your novel The Confidence Man and set it on a Mississippi steamboat. Your readers will, no doubt, have certain expectations of shadowy action and nefarious double-dealings. Ah, but you have conned them! And you will be aided in your con by a publisher who, more than a century after you have shuffled off this mortal coil, releases a paperback edition with wooden dice on the cover. This is, as the introduction* states, not a novel of action but a novel of thought. A series of conversations ab [...]

    13. A post-modern masterpiece; a century ahead of its time. Aboard a Mississippi steamboat you can see a pubescent America in the confidence, and lack of it, asked of and offered by the various hucksters, pamphleteers and visionaries. And the novel itself tests the confidence of the reader as each character slides away beneath the muddy prose waters of the river: should I trust him? Will he come back to bite me? Is this the same person who? And all the while Melville baits his tortuous sentences wit [...]

    14. I think we're still catching up to this novel - or whatever it is. An uncompromising search into problems of truth, deception, race, failures of language, regional identity - you name it. May aggravate the casual reader.

    15. I have allowed myself to go with the flow, from St.Louis down the Mississippi bound for New Orleans. 'The Confidence-Man' (should be titled in the plural) was Melville's final novel, published on April 1st 1857 which is the apparent date on which the riverboat begins it's journey.Not too long after leaving the Missouri shore, I began to have doubts that I would be able to complete the voyage. Any reader can have little doubt that Melville was a skilled and articulate writer, unfortunately I was [...]

    16. Bazı romanlar sizi o roman üstüne düşünmeye kışkırtır, "Con-Man" de bunlardan biri Büyük ölçüde diyaloglara dayanan, insanların hikayeleriyle birlikte felsefi tartışmanın (daha doğrusu, tartışma parodisinin) bir arada yürüdüğü, bol göndermeli, tekinsiz, karmaşık bir hiciv. Okunması sabır isteyen metinlerden biri. Şimdilik dört yıldız veriyorum, ama ileride 1 yıldız daha ekleyebilirim.

    17. Here is a 1966 paper which I don't think is available online relevant to "a Green Prophet from Utah" (Confidence Man Chapter 2)MELVILLE'S ALMA AND THE BOOK OF MORMONROBERT A. REES In letters to three different people, not long after Mardi had been published, Melville spoke of what he felt was its latent excellence. To his father-in-law Judge Lemuel Shaw, he wrote, “Time, which is the solver of all riddles, will solve 'Mardi'.”1 In a letter to Richard Bentley, 5 June 1849, Melville assured hi [...]

    18. Well, my attempts to read realist fiction this month are so far zero for two, although I'm certainly taking in some interesting texts. After the unexpected magical elements of Tim Winton's Cloudstreet, I thought I might go in for some Melville. Nineteenth-century American maritime novels: what could be more straightforward? I didn't realize, though, that The Confidence Man, which was waiting on my to-be-read shelf, is late Melville. Published in 1857, it is in fact sometimes labeled his last "ma [...]

    19. A ship of fools. Beliefs are scams - no guarantee of God, man, progress. Cynicism too is a scam - action requires belief. Be conned or die! Absurd. Like life.

    20. Melville's confidence-man wears masks designed to reveal the hypocrisies of others. It reads like a series of vignettes, as this con-man drifts from person to person, dressed as a cripple, a stock-broker, a beggar, a cosmopolitan, a charity workerd a few others I forget. Rather than getting much (if any) money from these cons, his aim seems to be to reveal shortcomings in the philosophies of others--getting people to passionately claim that they love to be charitable to their fellow man, and the [...]

    21. Another rating it hurts me to give. I really wanted to like this, but I just couldn't do it. I admired the structure and the way it was put together, and at times the prose was really strong, but it wasn't enough to save it. Essentially this is an endless stream of parables, and they're absurdly heavy-handed and dull to read. But they have a MESSAGE to convey, damn it! So this would be really useful if you're a moral idiot and need guidance, but if you're a normal adult who wants to read a good [...]

    22. ”There are doubts, sir, […] which, if man have them, it is not man that can solve them.”This is probably one of the saddest, and therefore wisest, things any of the characters say in Melville’s novel The Confidence Man, the last one he was to have published in his lifetime – and it means a lot because this fascinating book is one that is full of mild sadness about the nature and the condition of man, sadness, though, that is benevolently hidden beneath a veil of humour and learned cran [...]

    23. Melville’s final work, The Confidence Man, is perhaps also his overlooked masterpiece.I read Moby Dick many years ago and thought it was okay (it’s a very ‘gothic’ novel) and I’m half way through Typee (his first novel) so I can’t speak for his other novels (some of which are highly spoken such as White-Jacket) but this is one serious book with some very important underlying messages for humankind. As other reviewers have pointed out, there is no straight clear linear narrative here [...]

    24. I really have no idea what to say about this book. It's part mystery, part philosophy, part rambling, experimental prose, part polemic, part everything. If I was pressed to explain what this was about I would struggle but say it was about "confidence". Whether it's advocating for or against it I'm unsure however as our main character seeks to inspire confidence among a very disparate group of passengers, purely for his economic gain. Along the way there are many digressions about things like the [...]

    25. The word "con," of course, is derived from the word "confidence." To swindle a person, one must gain his confidence, then deceive him.Characters and readers are kept off balance in "The Confidence-Man" (1857), after which Herman Melville turned his back on the novel form forever. The book begins as a parade of knaves and suckers move on and off stage on a Mississippi steamboat trip begun on April Fool's Day. There are trusting fools and unscrupulous con men aplenty here, and we often don't know [...]

    26. I'm starting to think Melville is somehow historically underrated despite Moby Dick being acknowledged as one of the greatest novels of all time, because this book might even better. Radically post-modern even though it was written 100 years before that term even existed, this book is similar to Master and Margarita in that the main character (if there is such a thing in this book) is a shape-shifting demonic entity (possibly) used to satirize contemporary society, but Melville's devil leads to [...]

    27. It took me three solid months to read this book. It was worth it but only if you like footnotes and obfuscation and constant references to um, everything. Which I do-ish. I especially enjoyed the 2 chapters parodying Emerson and Thoreau respectively. There's the chaper all about all sorts of boys which adds creedence to the "Melville's gay" theory. I liked the random chapters every once in awhile where Melville talks directly to the reader convincing us (or himself) that though characters in nov [...]

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