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Published November 30th 2010 by Quality Classics (first published 1847)
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May 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"War being the greatest of evils, all its accessories necessarily partake of the same character."
- Herman Melville, Omoo


Omoo is Part II of Melville's adventures in the South Pacific. Typee, his first book, focused on the French Polynesian island of Nuku Hiva (Marquesas Islands). Omoo starts after Melville leaves Nuku Hiva, and centers on his adventures on a whaling ship, the ship's subsequent "soft mutiny" and his imprisonment with a majority of the ship's crew on the island of Tahiti.

Brian Bess
As Melville stated himself, Omoo is only a sequel to Typee in that it follows the events that occur to the narrator after his experience with the Typee people from his first book. Only referred to once by his nickname Typee, the otherwise unnamed narrator agrees to temporary employment on the whaling ship Julia but finds himself in the middle of a crew that is dominated by a first mate while the captain has abdicated his responsibility and retreated into his infirmity. Upon the rejection of appe ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read “Omoo” a year after finishing “Typee”. I had found “Typee” to be interesting, and this sequel is that as well. Instead of being in fear of being eaten by cannibals, here our narrator is put off his ship into a very porous jail, quite possibly a precursor to a Tahitian resort hotel. After a series of episodes of travel and looking for jobs, the traveler takes to the sea again, not knowing where he will land next. The stories are told with a humor that I found ahead of its time. I appreciat ...more
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read Omoo straight after Typee and was vastly disappointed.

While the former novel has a great narrative which keeps the reader interested, I found this second book of Melville's to be quite boring.

It reads more like a journal than a novel, if that makes sense.
What also made this harder to read was Melville's evident dislike and disdain for the Tahitian people.
While he largely extolled the mores and character of the natives in Typee, he does not share the same enthusiasm for the Tahitians. Eve
Greg Deane
This book is a sequel to "Typee" written when Melville was in his 20's and could be seen as providing background for his masterpiece, "Moby Dick" which is most interesting to those who want to study whaling. "Omoo" is more a collection of vignettes than a story. At most it is a story in the sense it tells of two beachcombers who wander, penniless and insouciant, from place to place like mendicant monks trusting to Providence. It was as if everything the narrator and his friend intended to do cam ...more
This book was part of my Melville read-a-thon. See the review on my book blog:
Paul Cornelius
An unpopular, conniving sea captain on a long voyage to the South Seas. A mistreated crew filled with thoughts of vengeance. A mutiny in Tahiti. Incarceration and then an escape to another Polynesian island. Another retelling of The Mutiny on the Bounty? No, it is Omoo, Melville's sequel to his popular first book, Typee.

It begins with the narrator being rescued from the the vale of the Typees in the Marquesas and leads to an extended journey to Tahiti. Soon, the comparisons between the "noble sa
Chip Hunter
Picking up where Typee left off, with the narrator taking leave of the Marquesas and joining the crew of a whaling ship called the Julia, the pseudo-autobiography Omoo continues the adventures of Tomas (although his name is never used in this book) as he seeks a way home. The story told in Omoo is rather less exciting than that in Typee, with nary a life-threatening experience and a general sense of calm unconcern emanating from the narrator. Things happen here, including a mutiny on the Julia, ...more
Tyler Jones
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The book starts where Typee ended; our hero recently living among the so-called barbarous peoples of the Marquesas, finds himself aboard the most dysfunctional ship you have ever read about, with an ineffectual captain and a crew of reprobates ready to mutiny at the drop of a hat. Great characters, fast pacing and a wonderfully humorous tone. Midway through, the ship is left behind as the narrator takes to the islands of Tahiti. While this is still interesting, it lacks the propulsive, joyous fe ...more
Caco Moena
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qué hermoso es leer a un autor que tanto quieres...
Buena novela, con varias descripciones de Tahití y la vida de la época.
No es un libro para alucinar con él, pero es muy genial la forma de narrar de Melville y te hace pasar agradables momentos, incluso llegas a sentir la brisa y el sol de la Polinesia Francesa (eso me pasó a mí)...
The Fat
This is honestly a pretty well written book, but I think travel literature just isn't for me. Reading this in 20-30 page bursts is fine, but it just did not sustain my interest for anything more than that. If you're really into descriptions of Tahiti circa-1840 this is the novel for you, if not, I recommend reading Melville's other works before this.
Oliver St john
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fun!
Mar 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'True' story of South Sea adventures told by a guy from New York. It picks up where his last left off: our protagonist narrowly escaping the inclosing hospitality of a cannibal tribe to find himself in the dubious embrace of a whaling ship. Although thankful to be rescued, the hero must contend with meager rations, an unhappy crew, a weak captain and his vindictive officers, and a dismal ship environment overrun with vermin. However dire the circumstances, the narrative remains aloof to despair, ...more
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The plot summary is far more enticing than the details of the book: "A failed mutiny lands the narrator in a Tahitian jail where he and his companion are treated with curiosity and kindness. After their eventual release, the two embark on a series of adventures as they work at odd jobs, view traditional rites and customs on the island, and contrive an audience with the Tahitian queen," ( Melville is certainly not short on detail when it comes to describing these events, as well as ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The conventional wisdom is correct: Typee is a much more enjoyable read. Omoo meanders and drags, and never quite finds its center the way its predecessor did. The earlier part of the book is best, when we meet the painfully and hilariously dysfunctional crew of the Julia. For a while there's some high quality tragicomedy and intrigue, but the narrative loses steam right when the crew goes ashore to Tahiti. After that, the rest of the book becomes one long slog of wandering here and there on the ...more
Written in typically sumptuous Melvillean prose, this book, while admittedly more plotless than Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life, was no less enjoyable to read; indeed, it was moreso at times, I felt. I imagine it was quite a daring book at the time, given that Melville does not spare the Christian missionaries from criticism. In fact, I'd say the contrast between the imported Western "progress" and autochthonous culture was a theme that pervaded the entire book.

I've worked anachronistically, st
Paul Foley
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's easy to see the seeds of the marvelous Moby Dick in this novel and its predecessor, Typee. More of a straightforward sea story and far less metaphysical, these two share with Melville's most famous work an elegant philosophically-tinged writing style and a Melville's curious blend of fiction, natural history, and anthropological reportage. It's an odd, and admittedly a sometimes irritating mix. But my god, the man can write!

"So far as courage, seamanship, and a natural aptitude for keeping
Feb 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Omoo continues Melville's (semi-autobiographical) adventures from Typee. Having escaped from the cannibals of Typee, he takes part in a whaling boat strike/mutiny, spends time in Tahiti "jail" (not as bad as it sounds), escapes/is released and travels around the Tahitian islands, then joins another whaling ship.

Like Typee, Omoo is a mixture of fact and (mostly) fiction. As some critics have noted, Melville "altered facts and dates, elaborated events, assimilated foreign materials, invented epis
Shervin Ghiami

Herman Melville is by far my favorite author, so it was without hesitation that I picked up the spiritual sequel to his first work, Typee. While Typee has a gripping narrative and is genuinely very interesting in its information, the prose of Omoo feels deliberately alienating in comparison. There is no concrete narrative, and the stories Melville tales are scattered with personal jokes which are incredibly uninteresting to the modern reader. Melville's descriptions are also vastly weaker, an
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An improvement over Typee in all ways, but still ultimately a slight work. The vocabulary has begun to grow more varied and the prose is more accomplished. The most interesting thing for me was the sections where Melville completely breaks the narrative and inserts historical research on the Tahitian and Sandwich Islands. Possibly prefigures the running commentary on whaling in Moby Dick. An easy enjoyable read of South Sea adventures with some serious social commentary also. Recommended
Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Listened to this from Librivox. It's fun, and I love Melville's voice here. He's got a great wit. This is still not all that recognizable as a novel, with long stretches of description of nature, trees, fruit, shoes, sand, clothing, and all manner of interactions with the indigenous islanders. Very little plot. But it's not fair, really, to hold against it the fact that Melville got so much more complicated, interesting, and brilliant in his work later on.

Jeff Keehr
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for a college class, part of my Phd reading. I didn't put it in my list of books read at the time. It just slipped through the cracks. I recall that it tells the story of how Melville ended up on this island after he deserted from the US navy. He describes the people and their culture there. I enjoyed it.
I think the best thing about this book is that Melville unintentionally captures the scope of French colonisation in Tahiti at the time of writing. The inferences you can make about Tahitian society at the time are a lot more interesting than the actual plotline, which is slow paced and relaxing but doesn't amount to much.
Nov 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been a long time since I read Typee and White Jacket, but I think this is better than both. Characters are more developed and the story lines are clear. Melville's prose is pleasant to read and the stories and characters are interesting.
Calvin Hecht
Dec 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Herman Melville's “Omoo” is no “Moby Dick.” Instead, it is a boring and repetitive narrative about a malcontent and undisciplined crew on a whaling ship in the South Seas. My Kindle says I persevered for 32% of this plodding, going-nowhere story before I quit
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Much like Typee. Informative and interesting. Melville is a good story teller and his characters are likeable. This has even less plot than even Typee but somehow that's just fine. A fun stroll around the islands as they existed 100 years ago.
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic story of a sailor who is accused of taking part in a mutiny and who is then left behind in Tahiti. While there, he travels though the islands and villages of Tahiti describing the local chieftains, missionary activities, and the local customs at the onset of French colonial rule.
May 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Little story line ... no plot. Seems to be just a series of incidents experienced by two "adventurers" in the South Pacific around Tahiti. A sequel to Typee, but no where near as good. Not one of Melville's best.
Mar 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was better written than Typee, but Melville is still years away from writing literature. He's still just chronicling the events of his past. Ending is a little anticlimatic. An interesting glimpse into a place and time. As with Typee, I can see elements that evolve in later fiction.
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A rather rambling travelogue that provides a few humorous incidents, a handful of memorable characters, and a touch of insight into the transitional lives of Tahitians after the imposition of Christianity.
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