|Omoo (1847) [Novel]|
by Herman Melville
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(From the publisher):
Following the success of his novel Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life
, Melville again drew upon his experiences as a sailor in the South Seas for this 1847 work. Considered by the critics even better than its predecessor, Omoo
takes its title from a Polynesian term referring to a rover -- someone who wanders from island to island, as Melville did over a three-month period.
Resuming his narrative where Typee left off, the author recounts his rescue from an island of cannibals by a British whaler. When the ship's disgruntled crew stages an unsuccessful mutiny, the narrator finds himself -- along with the mutineers -- imprisoned in a Tahitian jail. There, he and a companion, Doctor Long Ghost, are treated kindly by the curious, amiable natives. After their release, the two men travel about the region, experiencing a series of adventures as they observe traditional rites and customs, work at odd jobs, contrive an audience with the Tahitian Queen (it is a dismal faliure), and note the disturbing influences of the missionaries and planters on local culture.
Original title: Omoo
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure→ Wild Frontiers And Exotic Lands