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Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas / Herman Melville ; [edited by Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle].

Author/Creator:
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891.
Publication:
Evanston [Ill.] : Northwestern University Press, 1968.
Format/Description:
Book
xv, 380 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
Series:
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891. 1968 ; Works. v. 2.
The writings of Herman Melville. Northwestern-Newberry ed. ; v. 2
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Subjects:
Polynesia -- Description and travel -- Fiction.
Travel.
Polynesia.
Form/Genre:
Action and adventure fiction.
Fiction.
Adventure fiction.
Action and adventure fiction.
Summary:
A failed mutiny lands the narrator in a Tahitian jail where he and his companion, Doctor Long Ghost, 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. Thought-provoking, humorous glimpses of a vanished 19th-century world in the South Seas.
Contents:
My reception aboard
Some account of the ship
Further account of the Julia
A scene in the forecastle
What happened at Hytyhoo
We touch at La Dominica
What happened at Hannamanoo
The tattooers of La Dominica
We steer to the westward : state of affairs
A sea-parlour described, with some of its tenants
Doctor Long Ghost a wag : one of his capers
Death and burial of two of the crew
Our destination changed
Rope-yarn
Chips and bungs
We encounter a gale
The coral islands
Tahiti
A surprise : more about Bembo
The Round-Robin : visitors from shore
Proceedings of the Consul
The Consul's departure
The second night off Papeetee
Outbreak of the crew
Jermin encounters an old shipmate
We enter the harbor : Jim the pilot
A glance at Papeetee : we are sent aboard the frigate
Reception from the Frenchman
The Reine Blanche
They take us ashore : what happened there
The Calabooza Beretanee
Proceedings of the French at Tahiti
We receive calls at the Hotel de Calabooza
Life at the Calabooza
Visit from an old acquaintance
We are carried before the Consul and Captain
The French priests pay their respects
Little Jule sails without us
Jermin serves us a good turn : friendships in Polynesia
We take unto ourselves friends
We levy contributions on the shipping
Motoo-Otoo : a Tahitian Casuist
One is judged by the company he keeps
Cathedral of Papoar : the Church of the Cocoa-nuts
A missionary's sermon, with some reflections
Something about the Kannakippers
How they dress in Tahiti
Tahiti as it is
Same subject continued
Something happens to Long Ghost
Wilson gives us the cut : departure for Imeeo
The Valley of Martair
Farming in Polynesia
Some account of the wild cattle in Polynesia
A hunting ramble with Zeke
Mosquitoes
The second hunt in the mountains
The hunting-feast, and a visit to Afrehitoo
The Murphies
What they thought of us in Martair
Preparing for the journey
Tamai
A dance in the valley
Mysterious
The Hegira, or flight
How we were to get to Taloo
The journey round the beach
A dinner-party in Imeeo
The cocoa-palm
Life at Loohooloo
We start for Taloo
A dealer in the contraband
Our reception in Partoowye
Retiring for the night : the doctor grows devout
A ramble through the settlement
An island jilt : we visit the ship
A party of rovers : Little Loo and the doctor
Mrs. Bell
Taloo Chapel : holding court in Polynesia
Queen Pomaree
We visit the court
Which ends the book.
Notes:
"Historical note, by Gordon Roper": pages 319-344.
Penn Chronology:
1968.
1968
Other format:
Online version: Melville, Herman, 1819-1891. Omoo; a narrative of adventures in the South Seas.
ISBN:
0810101602
9780810101609
OCLC:
164