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  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioLife; large type edition edition (Aug. 18 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0554267136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0554267135
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 17.5 x 25 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)


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SIX MONTHS AT SEA! Yes, reader, as I live, six months out of sight of land; cruising after the sperm-whale beneath the scorching sun of the Line, and tossed on the billows of the wide-rolling Pacific-the sky above, the sea around, and nothing else! Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Braden on Dec 6 2003
Format: Paperback
I read this book to get a better sense of Melville's abilities and his style. Having read Moby Dick, I was prepared for a complicated and somewhat dissolute read with great symbolism. Typee is none of that, though it has elements of the style that would, through Moby Dick make Melville post-humously famous. Written today, this book would not be a hit, though one can see why it was when it was published in the 1800s. The symbolism in Typee is not as substantive or immediately obvious as in MD, but it is present and gives this work more depth than is at first apparent. I don't know that I have an accurate sense of what Melville is all about after reading this and MD, and I would probably recommend one read Billy Budd or at least another novel in order to really get a feel for Melville.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By agodwin@cyberbunny.org on Dec 23 1997
Format: Paperback
I just finished Typee and enjoyed the book a great deal (I'm 38, male, and love reading for general education and enjoyment). A few months ago, I made a noble attempt to wade through Moby Dick (I jumped to the last chapter after about a quarter of the book) and I was curious to see if "early Melville" was any easier.
Typee is billed as both an adventure novel and as shocking anthropology. I found Typee well written, but a bit dense with long, detailed, descriptions about trees, landscapes, etc. that don't apply to characters, nor plot (and did put me to sleep). These long passages make it hard for me to call this an adventure novel, but this style seems to be standard fair when reading early American adventure novels (like "Last of the Mohicans" by J. F. Cooper).
Reading Typee in 1997 doesn't produce the same moral outrage as it did when it was first published in 1846. But, looking for Melville's cultural observations and comparisons was a great part of what made Typee so very enjoyable. So, for me, it is isn't the adventure that makes the book worth reading, but the author's, and my own, observations and comparisons of different lifestyles.
While reading Melville's observations on a primitive culture, I began to marvel at the his ability to transcend his culture and to describe the vastly different culture he had experienced. In Typee he writes about everything from eating raw fish, primitive idol worship, polyandry (multiple husband) marriages, and cannibalism, all without the negative judgment or superiority one might expect from an American in 1847. I must admire the observer when, discussing cannibalism, he writes: "But here, Truth, who loves to be centrally located, is again found between two extremes;...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30 1996
Format: Paperback
Melville was 22 in 1842 when he deserted a whaling ship in
the South Pacific and was captured by a tribe of Tahitian
headhunters. His first novel, "Typee," was borne from these
experiences. Although his tale of life among the
savages proved hugely popular as an adventurous yarn,
the book is memorable for its anthrological observations
of primitive tribal life: the young girls preparing
breadfruit and frolicking in the crsytal blue seas,
the lazy weathered warriors wearing their tattoo masks and
lolling in huts. Some people banned the book
from libraries. Certainly they objected to naked island
girls engaging in free love, but what really angered
good churchgoing souls was the author's antagonistic
attitude towards missionaries. The book is America's first
indictment of colonialism and its withering effect
on native cultures. Observes Melville, "The sympathy which
Christendom feels for them has, alas!, in too many
instances proved their bane." The exuberance that runs
through these pages will wane for Melville in his later
years. None of his other great works will be as widely
read. He will be considered a failure, fall into debt,
suffer ill health. His son will committ suicide before
his eyes. No one will buy "Moby Dick"; the crisp,
unopened copies of the first edition will lie in a
warehouse until they are consumed by fire. The
author will lapse into depression, madness. He will,
finally, stop writing altogether and live in obscurity
and poverty until his death. No one expected his name
to be remembered.
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By Fred Camfield on Feb. 11 2004
Format: Paperback
Typee is a narrative account of the three months that Herman Melville spent among the Typee tribe after deserting from a whaling ship. It goes into minute details about the everyday life of the Typee. At times I felt a bit glassy eyed and skimmed forward over some sections.
Melville comes across a bit dense and self centered, and obviously applied a double standard, one for whites and one for natives. After toying with the affections of a young native woman, he casually abandons her and does not seem to understand why her family would object. Perhaps he would have had a better understanding if he was abandoning the daughter of a prominant politician in New England.
He was somewhat a nosy Parker, inserting himself in situations where he was not wanted, and showing little regard for the customs of the Typee. Overall, it is an interesting account of life among the natives.
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