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Typee: A Romance of the South Seas

Herman Melville


"Six months at sea! Yes, reader, as I live, six months out of sight of land; cruising after the sperm-whale beneath the scorching sun of the Line, and tossed on the billows of the wide-rolling Pacific--the sky above, the sea around, and nothing else! "

A young sailor jumps ship in the South Pacific, in Melvile's first book. A 19th-century page turner, Typee was far more popular in Melville's lifetime than his masterpiece Moby Dick.

Read the Ria Press blog on Melville.

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