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Typee

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  2,704 ratings  ·  220 reviews
Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life is a mid-19th century novel by author Herman Melville. Largely based on his own personal experiences as a beach comber in the South Pacific Marquesas Islands. Although today Moby Dick is the most popular title by Melville, Typee was considered during his lifetime to be his most popular work. Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life is highly recomm ...more
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Published August 1st 1964 by Signet Classics (first published 1846)
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Darwin8u
Herman 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 during his lifetime, no doubt due to both his skill as a writer mated with his romantic story of life among Polynesian savages.

The book flows nicely and balances between the chasms of cul
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Sandy
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 ...more
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
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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 & Jerry
تدعى
Dicky Moe
وهذا هو الرابط للحلقة http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=flVePKLvke0
-_-

وعلمت من خلال كتاب ثلاثة قرون من الأدب أن هيرمان ملفيل هو كاتبها ولحسن الحظ أن النص الذي جاء في الكتاب المذكور كان قصة بارتلبي نساخ العقود أو بارتلبي النساخ بترجمة ممتازة وعلمت من خلال الكتاب أيضا عن هذه الرواية - محل المراجعة - التي هي عبارة عن أحداث حقيقية كان المؤلف هو البطل فيه
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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.
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Susanna
Jan 18, 2009 Susanna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like to read about cannibals and first contact
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 ...more
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 ...more
Jared
Listened to this recently in audio version from LibriVox (www.librivox.org). 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.
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 having spe
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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
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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 ...more
Jay
This is the first Melville book I have read. I’ve seen plenty of reviews of “Moby Dick” and they tended to scare me off of Melville – most of the whaler reviews implied reading the book was a lot of work, and I was looking for something enjoyable. I’m glad I took a flyer on “Typee”. This was a pleasant book, very much of the period, relatively short and fast-paced. It seems to be a story based on fact, maybe loosely based on fact. One of the hardest things for me to believe is that within a few ...more
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 the ship they have been on docks at the French Polynesian island of Nukuheva (Nuku Hiva). The island, dominated by a large mountain which divides in relatively inaccessible valleys, is the home to three tribes, one of which, the Type ...more
Mitchell
The first novel by the famed author of Moby-Dick, Typee walks a fine line between fact and fiction. The author relates it as a true account of the several months he spent living amongst natives of the South Pacific; whether this is true or not is a matter of contention, and something that lingered in my mind throughout the book.

After six months at sea, the horrors of which are described in a very strong opening chapter, Melville's whaling vessel puts into the Marquesas Islands in Polynesia to re
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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.) ...more
Manny
If the thought of reading Hermann Melville makes you sweat, especially that dictionary-sized novel of his, "Moby Dick", give "Typee", his first novel a try. If there is only one novel you want to read by Melville, this is a good bet. This is a very exciting and charming account of the time he jumped ship in the Marquesas and spent quality time with the Polynesians there.Having been to Tahiti and other islands of French Polynesia, I found this novel captivating for capturing the feel of the volca ...more
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 ...more
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
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Patrick Roesle
During Melville's own lifetime, his first novel was considered his best.

He was a young man who had an incredible experience -- actually living for several months as a captive of a Polynesian cannibal tribe -- and wrote a book about it. It was a popular and critical success, earning the praise of Hawthorne, Emerson, and Whitman.

Melville's editors knew the market well enough to ask him to dumb it down a bit, and they encouraged him against his natural inclination to digress and ramble.

"Whatever ha
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Brent Pickett
Less a novel than a semi-fictionalized travelogue, Typee tells of Melville's time as the semi-captive of a native tribe in the South Pacific. It is by turns humorous, moralistic, and pastoral, but it is consistently well-written.
Hasnaa
عادية جدا
شبه قصص المغامرات اللي بتتعمل كارتون
William Trently
Tattoos, taboos, and tappa! Typee is Herman Melville’s first book and best selling offering during his lifetime. It is a 4-month long adventure in 1842, a travel tale with vivid descriptions of a foreign culture told by a regular sailor who honestly reports only what he knows (he’s not an anthropologist). This is the beautiful thing about this work—it feels so real. No wonder why so many readers believed it to be an autobiographical account from “the man who lived among cannibals.” I especially ...more
alison
i underlined so much, scrawled so many "whoa"s and "WHAT"s in the margins of this book that I wonder what mean part of me originally awarded it only three stars. probably I was cranky that I have no paper to write, no American Romanticism/post-colonial unit to teach. but who am i kidding? chapter 11 is composed entirely of descriptions of Typee clothing (as it were)! i did enjoy this novel...especially while reading sentences like these:

"I can only describe it as a hash of soaked bread and bits
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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
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Tyler Jones
As a young sailor, Herman Melville abandoned his ship in the Marquesas and lived for awhile among natives who had a reputation for being fierce warriors and cannibals. This book, Melville's first, is a fictionalized retelling of that experience. It was an instant success and gained it author much fame and a little fortune. At the time it was considered quite sensational, but many twitter-brained 21st century readers seem to find it slow. Ah, well.

The most interesting part of the book is the narr
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trivialchemy
A good example of some fine yet oft-neglected Melville. Here, his storytelling is equally competent and fluid, but there is much less metaphysics and moralizing to wade through compared to Moby Dick (which, I assume, will be most readers' point of reference). Points off for the anthropological bent, whose condescending comparison of "civilized man" and "heathen man" will strike most modern readers as absurd.
شيماء فؤاد
ما جذبنى أكثر للرواية هى انها تجربة حقيقية لهيرمان ميلفل
وصفه للمناظر الطبيعية شوقنى كثيرا كدت أجن لأراها
و لكن طبعا دون أصدقائنا آكلى لحوم البشر
احساس الرعب و الحيرة التى عايشها الكاتب
ان يشعر انه فى خطر دائم و متى سيكون هو الوليمة القادمة

و رؤية ميلفل حقا تحترم
آكلى لحوم البشر على قدر بشاعة ذلك
و لكن ما يرتكبه الانسان باسم الحضارة اكثر بشاعة
ما فعله الرجل الأبيض بالهنود الحمر و البولينزيون
كيف بنيت الحضارة
على ابادة جماعية لقبائل و اعراق كاملة
و بعد ذلك يتحدثون عن الوحشية

و يقول ميلفل ليست الفضي
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Shervin Ghiami
8.8

Before Melville was critically obliterated with his magnum opus, Moby Dick, he quickly became an iconic storyteller through his literary memoir, in which he recounts the unusual, celestial society of the Nuku Hiva islands. Typee is an true adventure novel, which sets up the protagonist against the unfamiliar world of the Typee tribe. Typee's strength comes through Melville's exceptional vocabulary and skillful use of metaphors and imagery, the details of which illustrate the Typee society bri
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Rachel Mykkanen
Oh, Melville.

Given my deep and abiding love for his magnum opus, it's perhaps surprising that it took me this long to read his early work. I could have waited longer, I think.

Typee was like listening to someone tell you every single detail of their boring-ass tropical vacation, specifically a bro who repeatedly 'slyly' alludes to his local 'conquests.'

There are hints of what will become Ishmael's voice, particularly in his occasional harangues against the destructive horrors perpetrated by 'civ
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Shane Avery
Wow. The frankness of the sexuality is almost shocking. Erotic prose of exotic landscape & exotic Polynesian women. Melville is a common sailor on an extended sex holiday. An American heterosexual Byron, perhaps? At times, it reads like erotic fiction and at times it's absolutely silly and laughable and ridiculous. Still, Melville has a way of drawing the reader deep into his unique experiences. He is partially an anthropologist here, a chauvinistic, annoying, tedious, brilliant anthropologi ...more
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