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Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas

Author: Herman Melville
Publisher: Evanston [Ill.] : Northwestern University Press, 1968.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Action and adventure fiction
Fiction
Adventure stories
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Melville, Herman, 1819-1891.
Omoo; a narrative of adventures in the South Seas.
Evanston [Ill.] Northwestern University Press, 1968
(OCoLC)646926813
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herman Melville
ISBN: 0810101602 9780810101609
OCLC Number: 164
Description: xv, 380 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
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.
Responsibility: Herman Melville ; [edited by Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle].

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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.

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