Typee (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

Typee (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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by Herman Melville
     
 

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Melville's first novel was based on his experiences in French Polynesia. Tommo and Toby, tired of an abusive life on the whaling ship, decide to hide on an island. They soon discover the Typees, who bring them into their village with kindness, despite being cannibals. Contrasting the idyllic life of the natives with the corrupting influence of civilization, See more details below

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Melville's first novel was based on his experiences in French Polynesia. Tommo and Toby, tired of an abusive life on the whaling ship, decide to hide on an island. They soon discover the Typees, who bring them into their village with kindness, despite being cannibals. Contrasting the idyllic life of the natives with the corrupting influence of civilization, Typee gives early evidence of Melville's genius.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781411452565
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Series:
Barnes & Noble Digital Library
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
332
Sales rank:
320,331
File size:
434 KB

Meet the Author


Herman Melville (1819-1891) was an American author whose experiences as a seaman provided the background for many of his novels, including his masterpiece Moby Dick, widely considered among the greatest American novels.  Despite early success, he struggled as a writer, and only after his death was his genius acknowledged.

Brief Biography

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

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Typee 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As someone very interested in Polynesia, at the time of European contact, this book is a fascinating view at a Marquesan society barely in touch with the European whalers, adventurers and missionaries who had landed on the shores of this archipelago. As is well known, Melville is a wonderful writer and a very careful observer. Even though some parts of his narrative are fiction, his description of Marquesan life in the 1840's is very credible in light of what is now known about Polynesians at that time. While his language abounds in the ethnocentric vernacular of that time, he gives his native captors and usually gracious hosts, as well as their way of life, the respect they were due. Typee is rightfully considered a classic in literature on the South Pacific, as is it's sequel, Omoo, on Tahiti. I highly recommend both books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maggie the youngish girl walks in looking around.
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