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...more
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...more
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
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
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.
Charles Berman
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
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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