By Herman Melville
Wellington Redburn is a fifteen-year-old from the kingdom of latest York, with just one dream - to run away to sea. in spite of the fact that, whilst he does fulfil this long-held delusion, he quick reveals that truth as a cabin boy is way harsher than he ever imagined. Mocked by means of the group on board the Highlander for his weak spot and bullied by means of the vicious and cruel sailor Jackson, Wellington needs to fight to suffer the lengthy trip from big apple to Liverpool. but if he does succeed in England, he's both horrified by way of what he unearths there: poverty, desperation and ethical corruption. encouraged by way of Melville's personal younger reviews on board a shipment boat, it is a compelling story of innocence reworked, via sour event, into disillusionment. a desirable sea magazine and coming-of-age story, Redburn offers a distinct perception into the brain of 1 of America's maximum novelists.
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