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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)

Benito Cereno by Herman Melville (1819 - 1891‪)‬ LibriVox

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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)

    Ch 1 - A Ship

    Ch 1 - A Ship

    • 10 min
    Ch 2 - Aboard San Dominick

    Ch 2 - Aboard San Dominick

    • 17 min
    Ch 3 - Don Benito's Story

    Ch 3 - Don Benito's Story

    • 9 min
    Ch 4 - The Blacks

    Ch 4 - The Blacks

    • 17 min
    Ch 5 - Questions

    Ch 5 - Questions

    • 18 min
    Ch 6 - The Boat Appears

    Ch 6 - The Boat Appears

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

kovidog ,

Unpleasant subject, wonderful delivery of story

Benito Cereno covers the mature subject of slave rebellion. Worth a listen if only for history's sake, but the sheer abundance of racism would make any 21st century human being a little unnerved

D.N.Purkerson ,

DEFINITLY NOT FOR CHILDREN!

This is not a book for young children. In 1855 the views on race were much different than today, and they are on full display in this controversial novel by Melville. I recommend reading a little background (Wikipedia is a good place) to find out if this book about slave rebellion on the high seas is your cup of tea. That being said I found it riveting, frightening, strange, and enjoyed it very much. Unfortunately, this really needed to be read by one good reader to carry the sense portent through the book. While most of the readers did a passable job... it was pretty weak in the middle.

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