Typee

Typee Typee is Herman Melville s first book recounting his experiences after having jumped ship in the Marquesas Islands in and becoming a captive of a cannibal island tribe It was an immediate succe

  • Title: Typee
  • Author: Herman Melville Michael Scherer
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  • Page: 348
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  • Typee is Herman Melville s first book, recounting his experiences after having jumped ship in the Marquesas Islands in 1842, and becoming a captive of a cannibal island tribe It was an immediate success in America and England, and was Melville s most popular work during his lifetime It was not until the end of the 1930 s that it was surpassed in popularity by Moby Dick,Typee is Herman Melville s first book, recounting his experiences after having jumped ship in the Marquesas Islands in 1842, and becoming a captive of a cannibal island tribe It was an immediate success in America and England, and was Melville s most popular work during his lifetime It was not until the end of the 1930 s that it was surpassed in popularity by Moby Dick, than thirty years after his death The story provoked harsh criticism for its condemnation of missionary efforts in the Pacific Islands Many sought to discredit the book, claiming that it was a work of fiction, but this criticism ended when the events it described were corroborated by Melville s fellow castaway, Richard T Greene, who appears in the story as the character Toby Summary by Michael

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    1. Darwin8u

      “Yet, after all, insensible as he is to a thousand wants, and removed from harassing cares, my not the savage be the happier man?” ― Herman Melville, Typee: A Peep at Polynesian LifeHerman Melville's first book Typee is a blend of creative memoir, cultural commentary, and good story telling. Melville recounts and elaborates on his experiences among the Typee cannibals on the French Polynesian island of Nuku Hiva (Marquesas Islands) in 1842. Typee ended up being Meville's best-selling book [...]

    2. bup

      This is the story Herman Melville was meant to tell. I hated Billy Budd; I liked Moby Dick a lot; I loved Typee.Not coincidentally, Melville wrote this before he had met Nathaniel Hawthorne; and everything else he ever wrote after. I think Hawthorne ruined Melville as a writer.This book feels real. Melville writes what he knows - there's no stilted 'humorous' overwrought dialogue. There's no pedagogic symbolism. There's no melodrama. There's just the story of a guy running away from a nasty sea [...]

    3. Ian Laird

      Revision 16/2/16: I found a subversive quote and made stylistic edits.Typee is a fascinating and surprising account of South Sea islander life in the mid-nineteenth century.The story starts as an adventure tale with young sailors Tommo and Toby jumping ship as the whaler Dolly replenishes her supplies in the Marquesas Islands. The runaways flee through the jungle, into the hands of the Typee, the most dreaded of the warring cannibal tribes whose enemies the Happars live in the next valley.At thi [...]

    4. Susanna

      Don't read this book if you want to lie around and dream of coconuts and natives and bare-breasted maidens. Unlike those after him (like London, Twain, and Stevenson), Melville plays with the instability of western illusions about foreign places and people. You'll have to read this between the lines, of course. This edition is awesome; the editor Sanborn is a bad-ass Melville scholar who wrote THE best book on cannibalism in the South Pacific (trust me, I've done my research!). The supplementary [...]

    5. Sandy (CA)

      A terrific adventure story (based on a real-life experience) interspersed with commentary about the daily life and habits of the people of the Typee Valley in the Marquesas Islands. There are lengthy descriptions of food and cooking methods, housing, clothing, personal hygiene and grooming, rituals, sleeping habits, language, relationships. It might be considered a bit pedantic at times, but I listened in small daily doses for several weeks and found it exciting, educational, and amusing. Libriv [...]

    6. Yousra

      أستهل مراجعتي باعتراف مضحك لقد قررت يوما ما ألا أقرأ رواية موبي ديك أبدا أبدا بسبب عقدة نفسية تكونت لدي من حلقة كارتون Tom & Jerryتدعى Dicky Moeوهذا هو الرابط للحلقة m.youtube/watch?v=flVePKLvke0-_- وعلمت من خلال كتاب ثلاثة قرون من الأدب أن هيرمان ملفيل هو كاتبها ولحسن الحظ أن النص الذي جاء في الك [...]

    7. Eddie Watkins

      I liked this book. I didn't love it, I just kind of liked it. Not to say that it is not a good book because it is, it's just that I only kind of liked it. I mean, Mr. Herman's a great writer and all, and so this book has great writing in it, but it's just that maybe there just wasn't enough of a story in it to make it a book that I would love, however great the writing. Great writing is no doubt great, but a novel's a novel and not just great writing. A great novel, a novel that I would love, is [...]

    8. J.M. Hushour

      It ain't no Moby Dick but it does feature cannibalism and polyandry, two of the greatest things ever conceived of by mankind.Melville's first novel is his barely fictionalized account of his escape from a shitty employer on a whaling ship and how he ended up living amongst the Typee in the Marquesas Islands around the time the French took control. Like Dick, Typee has a lot of sections of fact which round out the narrative part of the story and which feed off of the narrator's desires and fears. [...]

    9. Tristram

      Living Among CannibalsMelville was surely able to count on abhorrence-fuelled fascination with the topic of cannibalism when he published his first work Typee in 1846, all the more so as he cleverly created the impression of its being based on the experiences he had when he lived among the natives of the South Pacific island of Nuku Hiva in 1842. This may partly be true, but there hardly remains any doubt that Melville also used his own imagination as well as other people’s travel reports when [...]

    10. Ryan Lawson

      Two weeks on this book! Aye, reader, as I breathe, two weeks with no other manuscript in sight; chasing after its ending under the hefty pressure of its lines, and thrown on the swells of the author’s long-winded thoughts—the pages within, the chapters all around, and not one other thing!Of course, it wasn’t all that bad; but my botched attempt at mimicking the Melvillian voice is an adverse effect that lingers after reading his first novel, Typee. And, what a first novel it is. After havi [...]

    11. Jared

      Listened to this recently in audio version from LibriVox (librivox). A vividly told and well-observed first-person account of Melville's time among a preindustrial South Sea islander society that had minimal contact with the West. Part polemic, part adventure story, part amateur ethnography. The book that made Melville famous, before he blew his reputation on "Moby Dick." I was disappointed to learn later that much of it was made up.

    12. Sylvester

      If hoping for swash and rollick - look elsewhere. Vitriol for missionaries and the Hawaiian Islands? Aplenty. Coming from the Jack London/Joseph Conrad/R.L.Stevenson fan club this seemed lacklustre - and what's with this partly-true, partly made-up business?? If he was marooned on a cannibal island, why not just tell that as it happened? Not exciting enough, fine, but make the *fiction* story exciting then, for Pete's sake!! (I've always avoided "Moby Dick", and feel quite justified after this.) [...]

    13. Brian Bess

      There is little evidence while reading Typee that its author would in only five years produce a major work of world literature such as Moby-Dick. There is the common fact that both of them are seagoing narratives that present much factual information delivered primarily to assure the reader of their authenticity as well as the proof that their author really does know something of the subject matter of which he is writing. Beyond that, however, they bear completely different intentions.Accepted l [...]

    14. Mark

      Melville's first book is a curious, unsatisfying, unlikely affair, which does show off Melville’s incipient facility with language and jokes and also his ability to build and maintain narrative tension; but the writing is irritatingly verbose and the whole book could be cut by a third without losing anything. Beyond that, this supposedly true narrative has been contradicted with facts that scholars have presented in the time since the book came out (facts that weren’t available to the reader [...]

    15. Lydia

      I read this book quite a few years ago, after reading another book that was a fictionalised story of Herman Melville's life. (I should find that book and review it!) This book is a fictionalised account of what happened to the author himself when he was stranded on a Polynesian island. I found the book interesting, but I think it's a certain type of book for a certain kind of person. Melville can be quite dry, and he goes into great detail about the lives of the people he ends up living with. I [...]

    16. Marcus

      I went into this not really knowing much about Melville (other than having read Moby Dick a few years ago) and really enjoyed it. Melville obviously spent quite a bit of time on the ocean and with the Typee's and his descriptions of them are fascinating. My favorite parts though were his descriptions of simple things where he plays with language - you can really tell he just loves words, for example this passage describing the flies he encountered:"He will perch upon one of your eye-lashes, and [...]

    17. Randy

      My interest, in going chronologically through Melville's early works, is in watching the growth of the craftsman. The first two, Typee and Omoo, are both semi-biographical travelogues and adventure chronicles that detail the exotic locales of the South Pacific islands. Even at the time of publication, their content would have been sensational, but hardly groundbreaking. In Typee, the narrator jumps ship and finds himself living as a captive among a native island tribe (the Typee), who may or may [...]

    18. Markus Molina

      Moby Dick is my favorite book of all time, and it's not even close. I figured if Typee was half as good, I'd have another book to love. It isn't half as good. It contains a lot of the dryness and descriptions of Moby Dick with none of the passion and deeper meaning. My rating is probably too low for what it is, which is a semi-autobiographical journey log, but for what I wanted, it did not deliver. Many of the chapters, Melville just breaks down the culture of the Typee people, and while I assum [...]

    19. Jesse

      This was a pretty good story many ways it was better than Moby Dick; but really it was just differentrtaIn the same style as Moby Dick, this story was told in almost an anthropological point of view. What made it even more interesting for me is that I knew the author had actually spent 2 years on a polonesian island. So, there is little plot, but tons of descriptions of culture and environment; you really feel like you are getting to understand the tribes of this island. The bit of plot has to d [...]

    20. Ashley Spradlin

      Melville jumps ship and lives among the noble savages for a while. He wants to leave and avoid being eaten, but is trapped and doesn't want to upset them. He tends to go on and on (and on) about certain things, such as the cannibals' processes for making food and textiles, but redeems himself otherwise. Suspenseful and interesting. I used this as a warm-up exercise for Moby Dick.

    21. Ahmed

      بحب دايما القصص التي حدثت بالفعلو أعتقد إن لو الكتاب كان زاد 20 أو 30 صفحة كمان كان هيبقى أفضل من كده

    22. CharlesBeauregard

      I saved many quotes from this book. I had coincidentally read Germania by Tactitus just before reading this and there are more than several similarities and I really enjoyed them both.Another connection is with Montaigne's essay 'Of Cannibalism' which has many of the same sentiments that Melville shows in this novel.

    23. Brian

      A kind of adolescent "Moby-Dick", "Typee" skims the surface of what that great American novel explores and employs thoroughly: namely, delightfully sophisticated prose (minus the dozen or so historical, literary, and mythological allusions per page), the shaking of the average Westerner's moral-philosophical framework, and a kind of investigative research into an increasingly mysterious and complex subject. The subject here is certainly not whales or whale-hunting (although he briefly refers to [...]

    24. Sandi

      I read Typee to get a sense of Melville, as the pre-Moby-Dick popular author. From all of the reviews that made it out to be an immature, facile romp in the South Seas, nothing like the grand epic-about-everything that Moby-Dick is, I was surprised to find that Typee had quite a bit in common with Melville's later work. Like Ishmael, the narrator Tommo is primarily a somewhat-innocent watcher, reflecting upon his surroundings and touching, in a detached way, on his own forming relationships. As [...]

    25. Mike

      A man flees the confines his shipbound life as a sailor and ends up living with cannibals. Mostly alone with the savages—who turn out to be more mysterious than savage, and sometimes beautiful—he observes first-hand how society looks when freed from the onus of labor-intensive survival. Written at a time when primitives were still being actively civilized, the narrator questions the benefit of what christians and traders, often by force, had brought.Right at the beginning of the book is a be [...]

    26. Nathan

      I'm going to give this 4 stars, but I can't justify doing so without pointing out how conflicted I am. The side of me that thinks of literature as art absolutely loved Typee. Melville has some excellent prose, filled with long sentences and introspection. Tommo was the prototype for the unreliable narrators that would characterize Melville's later work. And his world-building is excellent, by employing elements of fantasy like culture structuring, this seems to gain validity in its form shifting [...]

    27. Natalie Tyler

      “Typee”, based on Melville’s real 1843 adventures in Fiji (then known as the Cannibal Isles) and other South Pacific islands is actually an easy and rather quick read. It’s about the religion, cannabilism, and customs of the native peoples of “Fee-Jee” or “Viti” as it was sometimes called. Melville set out to explore the area with its reputation for ferocious cannabilism. In his debut novel, he created a sensation in large part because of his excellent writing but also his critic [...]

    28. Greg Brozeit

      Melvilles’s first, somewhat autobiographical, novel is part adventure story, part ethnography and mostly meandering. The adventure begins when the first-person narrator, Tom (or Tommo as he is known by his later captors) and his crewmate Toby decide to run away from a ship they have been on from the dock at the French Polynesian island of Nukuheva (Nuku Hiva). The island, dominated by a large mountain which divide into relatively inaccessible valleys, is home to three tribes, one of which, the [...]

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