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A bunch of passengers on a steamboat sailing down the River Mississippi towards New Orleans have interlocking stories. Confidence Man is an anonymous figure who goes around testing the trust and confidence of the passengers, thus making them face with some realities they would rather love denied.
What makes this book stand out?
Being the underrated classic the man had written, playing deftly with cynicism and sarcasm.
Read it for
Posing the river as the ever-changing American culture into everything yet nothing, Melville brilliantly questions many economic, religious and moral questions with a splash of irony here and a bit of allegory there.
Don't read it for
If satirical interpretations of true situations make you uncomfortable or worse still confused.