Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas


General Books publication date: 2009
Original publication date: 1892
Original Publisher: The Page co.
Subjects: Polynesia

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Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas

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General Books publication date: 2009
Original publication date: 1892
Original Publisher: The Page co.
Subjects: Polynesia

Fiction / Action

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781150690747
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 12/23/2009
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Herman Melville's reputation was immediately established in 1846 with the publication of his first novel, Typee, yet for the most part he lived in near-seclusion and died in relative obscurity for a man of his talents. He wasn't fully appreciated until the 20th century. The conservative religious Americans of his day didn't trust him: his unorthodoxy regarding religion, his South Seas travels, his cynicism, his bitter criticism of the hypocrisy of missionaries, and his satires of religion and religious figures made him an outcast. Today, however, some critics claim that only Dostoyevsky is his equal among 19th century writers.

At seventeen, he became a merchant seaman, sailing first to Liverpool, where the sexual activity at the docks at first shocked him but then opened up a new world for him, for he was attracted to men. At age twenty-one, he sailed to the South Pacific. Four novels came from this experience: Typee, Omoo, Mardi, and White Jacket. Another early novel, Redburn, is set primarily aboard ship. Philosophically, the strength of his early novels is his disdain for the white man trying to force civilization onto a people who were blissfully happy without it. He particularly objected to the indoctrination of religion. All of the books contain an undeniable homoeroticism.

Melville moved to the countryside to write Moby Dick. The novel is an adventure story and a tale of revenge, but it is also an audacious experiment. The reaction from critics was so harsh that from the publication of Moby Dick in 1851 until about 1938, Melville was not afforded much respect among scholars.

In 1852, Melville published Pierre, which is autobiographical in its anatomy of the despair Melville was feeling at the rejection of Moby Dick. Pierre was scandalous for its day, almost as if Melville were thumbing his nose at society. Melville was now only thirty-two but considered a failed writer. His next story was refused for publication, so he retired and lived in relative obscurity for the remainder of his days. When he died, however, he left Billy Budd, which some critics think the equal of Moby Dick.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      August 1, 1819
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      September 28, 1891
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Attended the Albany Academy in Albany, New York, until age 15

Table of Contents

Chapter I My Reception Aboard 1
Chapter II Some Account of the Ship 5
Chapter III Further Account of the Julia 9
Chapter IV A Scene in the Forecastle 12
Chapter V What Happened at Hytyhoo 15
Chapter VI We Touch at La Dominica 19
Chapter VII What happened at Hannamanoo 21
Chapter VIII The Tattooers of La Dominica 25
Chapter IX We steer to the Westward--State of Affairs 28
Chapter X A Sea-parlour described, with some of its Tenants 33
Chapter XI Doctor Long Ghost a Wag--One of his Capers 36
Chapter XII Death and Burial of Two of the Crew 39
Chapter XIII Our Destination changed 45
Chapter XIV Rope Yarn 46
Chapter XV Chips and Bungs 50
Chapter XVI We encounter a Gale 52
Chapter XVII The Coral Islands 54
Chapter XVIII Tahiti 58
Chapter XIX A Surprise--More about Bembo 60
Chapter XX The Round Robin--Visitors from Shore 66
Chapter XXI Proceedings of the Consul 70
Chapter XXII The Consul's Departure 76
Chapter XXIII The Second Night off Papeetee 78
Chapter XXIV Outbreak of the Crew 83
Chapter XXV Jermin encounters an old Shipmate 85
Chapter XXVI We enter the Harbour--Jim the Pilot 88
Chapter XXVII A Glance at Papeetee--We are sent aboard the Frigate 93
Chapter XXVIII Reception from the Frenchman 97
Chapter XXIX The Reine Blanche 99
Chapter XXX They take Us Ashore--What happened there 102
Chapter XXXI The Calabooza Beretanee 106
Chapter XXXII Proceedings of the French at Tahiti 112
Chapter XXXIII We receive Calls at the Hotel de Calabooza 117
Chapter XXXIV Life at the Calabooza 121
Chapter XXXV Visit from an old Acquaintance 123
Chapter XXXVI We are carried before the Consul and Captain 128
Chapter XXXVII The French Priests pay their Respects 131
Chapter XXXVIII Little Jule sails without Us 135
Chapter XXXIX Jermin serves Us a Good Turn--Friendships in Polynesia 140
Chapter XL We take unto Ourselves Friends 145
Chapter XLI We Levy Contributions on the Shipping 147
Chapter XLII Motoo-Otoo--A Tahitian Casuist 150
Chapter XLIII One is judged by the Company He keeps 153
Chapter XLIV Cathedral of Papoar--The Church of the Cocoanuts 155
Chapter XLV A Missionary's Sermon; with some Reflections 159
Chapter XLVI Something about the Kannakippers 164
Chapter XLVII How They dress in Tahiti 168
Chapter XLVIII Tahiti as it is 171
Chapter XLIX Same Subject continued 177
Chapter L Something happens to Long Ghost 181
Chapter LI Wilson gives us the Cut--Departure for Imeeo 185
Chapter LII The Valley of Martair 188
Chapter LIII Farming in Polynesia 192
Chapter LIV Some Account of the Wild Cattle in Polynesia 196
Chapter LV A Hunting Ramble with Zeke 199
Chapter LVI Mosquitoes 203
Chapter LVII The Second Hunt in the Mountains 205
Chapter LVIII The Hunting-Feast; and a Visit to Afrehitoo 210
Chapter LIX The Murphies 212
Chapter LX What they thought of Us in Martair 216
Chapter LXI Preparing for the Journey 219
Chapter LXII Tamai 222
Chapter LXIII A Dance in the Valley 225
Chapter LXIV Mysterious 227
Chapter LXV The Hegira, or Flight 229
Chapter LXVI How We were to get to Taloo 234
Chapter LXVII The Journey round the Beach 236
Chapter LXVIII A Dinner-Party in Imeeo 242
Chapter LXIX The Cocoa-Palm 245
Chapter LXX Life at Loohooloo 249
Chapter LXXI We start for Taloo 251
Chapter LXXII A Dealer in the Contraband 255
Chapter LXXIII Our Reception in Partoowye 259
Chapter LXXIV Retiring for the Night--The Doctor grows Devout 264
Chapter LXXV A Ramble through the Settlement 267
Chapter LXXVI An Island Jilt--We Visit the Ship 270
Chapter LXXVII A Party of Rovers--Little Loo and the Doctor 274
Chapter LXXVIII Mrs. Bell 277
Chapter LXXIX Taloo Chapel--Holding Court in Polynesia 279
Chapter LXXX Queen Pomaree 284
Chapter LXXXI We visit the Court 289
Chapter LXXXII Which ends the Book 294
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