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Typee / Omoo / Mardi by Herman Melville
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Six months on a whaler with a cruel captain and no land in sight is too much for Tom. When the vessel cruises into the primitive Marquesas, he and his friend jump ship. They plan to hide out with a peaceful tribe, but instead, they stumble into the encampment of the man-eating Typees. The fierce savages treat them with lavish good will -- but the runaways soon learn their benevoolent hosts are also their unyielding captors.… (more)

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Typee--adventure story only read because Melville did better later. Here are the basics: jumped ship on Pacific isle, horrendous idols, savage cannibals, and half-clad nymphs. Titillation and adrenalin for the 1800's. And speculations on the good life, too (good life = piles of breadfruit, nymphs, and bananas). ( )
  kerns222 | Aug 24, 2016 |
Two wonderful autobiographical novels and one wacked out allegory. ( )
  Coach_of_Alva | Mar 12, 2011 |
Lots of great stuff in Typee, but (as with Moby Dick) most of it is in the first 20% of the book. Starts off being about race and colonialism, ends up being about sexy Polynesian chicks weaving napkins. ( )
  GeoffWyss | Sep 11, 2009 |
I love Melville! Therefore, my objectivity is somewhat lacking.
I read this volume some 30 years ago.
This was an excellent book (i.e., a 5 on a 5 point scale), which is much more than I expect when I buy a book.
This contains Melville's early works.
These are adventure stories of sailing in the South Seas.
He is a competent writer with a very good vocabulary. His plot development is at times slow. His character development is good.
I was fully involved. But, there was for one long passage (100 plus pages?) of a seemingly endless description of floating in a canoe.

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This is a Library of America book.

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Descriptions are too long at times.

The first book is this volume is 'Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life'.
The second book is 'Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas'.
The third book is 'Mardi: and A Voyage Thither'. ( )
  TChesney | Feb 25, 2009 |
a unique look at life in the south pacific ( )
  theidiot | Sep 1, 2006 |
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