An enjoyable enough adventure story based on Melville's own short stay with the Typee people of the South Pacific, as a young man.
His themes of Race,Religion,Western Imperialism,and cultural destruction are developed again in his later book Moby Dick.
The two books could not be more different in format,language, and style. Indeed if I had read Typee without knowing the author,I would not have guessed that it was the same author, who later wrote Moby Dick ,in such a dark,classical,and biblical narrative.
Partly because of this, it lacks the drama, scale,and prophetic power of the great classic, written later in his life,but the younger Melville's format, style,and vocabulary used in Typee, may very well make it more accessible, and readable for the younger, contemporary reader.