Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life (The Penguin English Library)

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9780140430707: Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life (The Penguin English Library)

First published in 1846, this was American writer, Melville's first book partly based on his actual experiences as a captive on Nuku Hiva (which he spelled as Nukuheva) in the South Pacific Marquesas Islands.

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Typee (1846) is the first 'romance' of the semi-autobiographical account of life in the Marquesas Islands in the 1840s. A blend of personal experience and the narratives of explorers and missionaries, it influenced many later writers on the Paciflc, including Robert Louis Stevenson and Jack London. Melville himself deserted from a whaling ship in the islands and lived for four weeks among the inhabitants, observing and recording their way of life. Typee points up the wonders, the dilemmas, the 'fatal impact' of European encounter with the peoples of the Pacific. This edition offers an introduction that considers the book from a post-colonial perspective, and detailed annotation of Melville's allusions.

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