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The Encantadas and Other Stories

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Best known as the creator of Captain Ahab and the great white whale of Moby-Dick, Herman Melville (1819–91) found critical and popular success with his first novels, which he based on his adventures in the South Seas. His reputation was diminished by his preoccupation with metaphysical themes and allegorical techniques in later works; and by the time of his death, his book ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published April 15th 2005 by Dover Publications (first published 1854)
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Pete daPixie
Having just finished 'The Confidence Man', this is my second Melville. When I picked this off the library shelf, I took my books to the robotic library machine to book it out. The screen said the book was deleted. I summoned the human librarian, who took the book away, only to return shortly after and informed me that as the book had never been borrowed once in almost ten years, it had been deleted off the database. Thereupon he ripped the library i.d. page out and informed me that I could keep ...more
I read Moby Dick in high school. I can't say as I enjoyed it. When I saw this book on the goodreads giveaway list it seemed like an easy way to give Melville another chance and maybe learn a bit more about the Galapagos. I clicked and won.

Melville visited the Galapagos Islands in 1841, just a few years after Darwin's voyage. These 10 pieces were written in 1854 for Putnam's Monthly and include both travelogues and fiction set in the islands. Lynn Michelsohn has written an explanatory introductio
Mar 03, 2011 wally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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as in the encantadas, there are tales of the galapagos--the place where most-holy darwin put on his thinking cap and changed the world. ha! what's so incredibly delicious about this story of the six is the 3rd sketch, as melville titled each description of one of the islands--rock rodondo.

rock rodondo is this tall--250'--tower of rock inhabited mainly and only by birds....'suddenly an innumberable flight, of harmefull fowles about them fluttering cride, and with their wicked wings them oft did s
Melville has a lovely way with words and this travelogue is no exception. Beautiful prose and poetry about his visit(s) to the Galapagos Islands.
Deborah Pickstone
A collection of essays about the Galapagos Islands. They did not paint a picture I would have recognised but the picture they painted was vivid and clear. And dark, almost demonic at times. As they were written retrospectively of Melville's one visit, the islands had made a deep impression on him that he carried, I suspect, for life. Poetic and challenging to the reader.

NB: I then read other reviews, as is my usual process. This is NOT a Travelogue! No way should it be classified as that. Tut!
Jun 08, 2013 Victor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tudo o que Melville escreve me encanta... Não desiludiu portanto este "as ilhas encantadas". ... Este livro remete-nos para inícios do século XIX, época de baleeiros e de navios que tinham como função ligar o mundo. As ilhas encantadas são as pertencentes ao arquipélago de origem vulcânica de Galápagos. Vai-nos sendo descrito a fauna e flora das ilhas, o ambiente inóspito que propiciam e as histórias de homens e mulheres que por alguma razão decidiram por lá passar, é o caso: dos flibusteiros, d ...more
Cynda Garza
Melville wrote beautifully. Describing elements of the natural world, Melville delights.
Canard Frère
Descriptions et impressions de voyages aux Galapagos (aussi appelées "Iles Enchantées" à une époque). Ca rappelle parfois Moby Dick par son mélange de considérations philosophiques, d'anecdotes autour des naufrages en tous genres et de descriptions zoologiques. Bien dépaysant.
Lynn Michelsohn
Apr 22, 2011 Lynn Michelsohn rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Herman Melville's marvelous travelogue and stories from this exotic world remain as fascinating today as they were when he wrote them over 150 years ago. We enjoy presenting them in this new edition, enhanced with modern introductions and striking wildlife photographs.
Alejandro Paez
Jan 12, 2015 Alejandro Paez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Después de haber visitado Las Galápagos es muy interesante comparar la descripción de ellas por el autor con la propia expeiencia..ayuda a apreciar mejor la maravilla de las Galápagos
Claudia Vieira
Jul 07, 2016 Claudia Vieira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such beautiful description of an enchanting place. Now I'm starting to read Darwin's "The Voyage of the Beagle" so it was a great pre-cursor.
Ileana Cartagena
Muy interesante, aprendí muchos términos usados en navegación. Me gustó mucho el estilo narrativo de Melville, así que Moby Dick aquí voy!
Charles Berman
May 10, 2009 Charles Berman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A haunting descriptive piece of a place that is ultimately deeply and frighteningly unknowable.
Glenda Alexander
I cannot imagine who would not love this book.
Dixie Diamond
Descriptive, but repetitive and overwritten.
Daniel Taylor
Nov 14, 2007 Daniel Taylor rated it really liked it
The one about the Rooster is on some OTHER shit
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Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. His first two books gained much attention, though they were not bestsellers, and his popularity declined precipitously only a few years later. By the time of his death he had been almost completely forgotten, but his longest novel, Moby-Dick — largely considered a failure during his lifetime, and most responsible for ...more
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