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Omoo

A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas

Herman Melville - Author

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ISBN 9781101201473 | 416 pages | 27 Mar 2007 | Penguin Classics | 18 - AND UP
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Melville’s continuing adventures in the South Seas—now for the first time in Penguin Classics

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 colorful characters and vivid descriptions of the far-flung locales of Polynesia.