Omoo : A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas

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Following the commercial and critical success of "Typee", Herman Melville continued his series of South Sea adventure-romances with Omoo. Named after the Polynesian term for a rover, or someone who roams from island to island, "Omoo" chronicles the tumultuous events aboard a South Sea whaling vessel and is based on Melville's personal experiences as a crew member on a ship sailing the Pacific. From recruiting among the natives for sailors to handling deserters and even mutiny, Melville gives a first-person account of life as a sailor during the nineteenth century filled with colourful characters and vivid descriptions of the far-flung locales of Polynesia.
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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 131 x 196 x 20mm | 226g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0143104926
  • 9780143104926
  • 266,340

About Herman Melville

Herman Melville (1819-1891), author of Moby Dick, Typee, and Billy Budd, is considered one of the greatest American novelists. Mary K. Bercaw Edwards is associate professor of English at the University of Connecticut, past president of the Melville Society, and author of Melville's Sources.
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