Benito Cereno

Herman MELVILLE (1819 - 1891)

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)

Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nautical & Marine Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Ch 1 - A Ship Nullifidian
00:10:35
Play 02 Ch 2 - Aboard San Dominick Nullifidian
00:17:41
Play 03 Ch 3 - Don Benito's Story Nullifidian
00:09:10
Play 04 Ch 4 - The Blacks alwpoe
00:17:52
Play 05 Ch 5 - Questions James K. White
00:18:52
Play 06 Ch 6 - The Boat Appears James K. White
00:23:42
Play 07 Ch 7 - The Boat Arrives James K. White
00:15:59
Play 08 Ch 8 - In the Cuddy Bill Mosley
00:27:11
Play 09 Ch 9 - Business Iris McLeod
00:06:28
Play 10 Ch 10 - Safe Harbour James K. White
00:17:54
Play 11 Ch 11 - Into the Boat James K. White
00:11:32
Play 12 Ch 12 - Pursuit James K. White
00:08:44
Play 13 Ch 13 - A Deposition Guero
00:38:34
Play 14 Ch 14 - Conclusion James K. White
00:09:03