Jesse's Reviews > Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life

Typee by Herman Melville
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Feb 11, 09

bookshelves: classics
Read in February, 2009

This was a pretty good story...in many ways it was better than Moby Dick; but really it was just different...sorta...

In the same style as Moby Dick, this story was told in almost an anthropological point of view. What made it even more interesting for me is that I knew the author had actually spent 2 years on a polonesian island.

So, there is little plot, but tons of descriptions of culture and environment; you really feel like you are getting to understand the tribes of this island. The bit of plot has to do with the main character being stranded and held as a princly prisoner. There is the subtle threat of canibalisim overshadowing the whole story...I won't tell you if he gets eaten or not.....he he....
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