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Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life (Penguin…
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Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life (Penguin Classics) (urspr publ 1846; utgåvan 1996)

av Herman Melville (Författare), John Bryant (Inledning), John Bryant (Commentary)

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From its publication in 1846, Typee, Herman Melville's first book, was recognized as a classic of travel and adventure literature. Based on the author's own experiences, as well as oral and written sources, in the South Seas, Melville's story of two runaway sailors held captive by the Typees is a vivid portrait of Polynesian life. Many readers delighted in its racy scenes, but religious fundamentalists saw to it that criticism of missionaries was expurgated from the American text. Five years later, the religious press took revenge on Moby-Dick when Melville again displayed his persistent skepticism and irreverence and celebrated cultural relativity as he had done in Typee. As Melville's fame declined after the 1850s, readers forgot the old religious denunciations and remembered Typee as the best of his books. Throughout his lifetime, Melville's most famous and popular character was Fayaway. This text of Typee is an Approved Text of the Center for Editions of American Authors (Modern Language Association of America). Book jacket.… (mer)
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Titel:Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life (Penguin Classics)
Författare:Herman Melville (Författare)
Andra författare:John Bryant (Inledning), John Bryant (Commentary)
Info:Penguin Classics (1996), 368 pages
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Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life av Herman Melville (1846)

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    Fatuhiva : tillbaka till naturen av Thor Heyerdahl (Waldstein)
    Waldstein: Another look at the Marquesas, a century younger and entirely non-fictional, well-written by an experienced traveller. Heyerdahl begins with Melvellian enthusiasm about "going back to nature" but ends up rather more disillusioned than his famous American colleague.… (mer)
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Originally marketed as a true account, then very shortly thereafter as a novel, Typee is Melville's travelogue of 4 weeks (presented as 4 months on the tale) in the South Pacific island of Nuka Hiva (which Melville refers to as Nukaheva) in the Marquesas.

A fascinating deep dive into the islander culture, laid out in a series of essay-like chapters, arranged by topic. Thus it definitely does not read like a novel, in the way a present-day reader would think of it.

First published in 1846, Melville's writing style can come off a bit dry and long-winded, so perseverance is sometimes needed to keep going. Yet, when I finished the book, I found my mind kept wondering, "Why am I no longer in the South Pacific?"

Highly recommended to lovers of classics, history, geography, and/or the South Seas. ( )
  Desiree_Reads | Aug 31, 2021 |
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  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
Herman Melville's first novel, published in 1846 as Narrative of a four-month residency among natives of a valley in the Marquesas Islands. Initially considered a travel narrative, the novel is based on Melville's month-long adventure as a guest captive of the Typee people, native to the Marquesas Islands (in present-day French Polynesia), after his defection from the whaler Acushnet along with his shipmate Richard Tobias Greene in July 1842. Melville injured his leg in the escape from Acushnet, and Greene was allowed to leave the Typees to find a doctor for Melville, but he went astray and never came back. Shortly thereafter, Melville was rescued by Australian whaler Lucy Ann.

Typee is an anthropological study of an exotic and wild native culture that impressed and scared Melville (the Typees were supposedly cannibals). The novel's protagonist, Tom (aka Tommo), spends four months with his partner, Toby, on a paradise island in Polynesia as prisoners of the Typees. Tom's opportunities for escape are limited by his swollen leg and his personal jailer, the devoted Kory-Kory. He befriends several natives, mainly the beautiful Fayaway. Tom is intrigued by the tribe social and religious customs, but he is also disgusted by their indolence and cannibalism. Ultimately, he chose “civilization” over idyllic island life. ( )
  Marcos_Augusto | Feb 24, 2021 |
This is not like Moby Dick or Billy Budd. Typee is from a fun, young Herman Melville, full of blarney at the beginning of his literary career. It's as if the reader happened to overhear him in a bar regaling his half-drunken chums with wild sea tales of the South Pacific -- and couldn't pull away. It's a fun romp with Gilligan when the cannibals showed up. It's Gilligan dressing up like a cannibal and putting on a show. I loved it! In the midst of it all, Melville makes some interesting social comments about hypocritical missionaries and what "civilized" really means. Later, he will go on to become that tortured artist of the great white whale dedicated to his love for Nathanial Hawthorne, but at this point, he is full of beans and the life of the party. ( )
1 rösta MMKY | Jul 3, 2020 |
This book became the model for American writing in the South Seas genre. It would influence everything and everyone that followed in its wake, London, O'Brien, Nordhoff and Hall, Frisbie, and even Michener. First published in 1846, it is an account, fictionalized and certainly embellished upon, of Melville's experiences in the valley of Typee, in the Marquesas.

Labeled by some a "travel book," Typee is actually a romantic adventure novel. And it is perhaps the most enthralling thing Melville ever wrote. Not of the stature of Moby Dick, it nevertheless became Melville's most enduringly popular book. In it, he describes the adventures he had (or may have almost had) among the cannibal Typee on Nukuheva. But it is a world where cannibalism is put into a certain perspective as a religious ritual limited to the priestly elite and chieftains. The rest of life among the Typee Melville describes in almost paradisical terms. Savages the Typee are, says Melville, but they are noble savages, living in better harmony with nature, work, and their fellow beings than the enslaved workers and enfeebled elites of civilized countries.

Compared to other works of the era, there is an immediacy to Typee that is gripping. It almost seems modern in its impact on the reader. The stilted language and carefully polite words and images of such writers as Hawthorne gives way to a language that is descriptive, active, and undiluted by the "civilization" it criticizes. At book's end, all that is left to wonder is why Melville never returned. The beautiful and beguiling Fayaway may have been a literary invention, but her like and what she symbolized in Melville's imagination must have remained with him the rest of his lengthy life. ( )
1 rösta PaulCornelius | Apr 12, 2020 |
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The morning my comrade left me, as related in the narrative, he was accompanied by a large party of natives, some of them carrying fruit and hogs for the purpose of traffic, as the report had spread that boats had touched at the bay.

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From its publication in 1846, Typee, Herman Melville's first book, was recognized as a classic of travel and adventure literature. Based on the author's own experiences, as well as oral and written sources, in the South Seas, Melville's story of two runaway sailors held captive by the Typees is a vivid portrait of Polynesian life. Many readers delighted in its racy scenes, but religious fundamentalists saw to it that criticism of missionaries was expurgated from the American text. Five years later, the religious press took revenge on Moby-Dick when Melville again displayed his persistent skepticism and irreverence and celebrated cultural relativity as he had done in Typee. As Melville's fame declined after the 1850s, readers forgot the old religious denunciations and remembered Typee as the best of his books. Throughout his lifetime, Melville's most famous and popular character was Fayaway. This text of Typee is an Approved Text of the Center for Editions of American Authors (Modern Language Association of America). Book jacket.

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