This is the first edition of Typee to place its most riveting featuresthe highly charged and complicated accounts of sexuality, tattooing, cannibalism, and tabooin a broad historical context. Twelve rich selections from the writings of Melville's predecessors and contemporaries, along with eight illustrations, will help readers develop a fuller sense of where Melville's tr...more
The book flows nicely and balances between the chasms of cul ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
Accepted l ...more
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 ...more
In Typee, the narrator jumps ship and finds himself living as a captive among a native island tribe (the Typee), who may or may ...more
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 ...more
"I can only describe it as a hash of soaked bread and bits ...more
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.
The most interesting part of the book is the narr ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more