Mardi: And A Voyage Thither VOL. I by Herman Melville

Mardi: And A Voyage Thither VOL. I

byHerman Melville

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Herman Melville

Born in New York City, the son of New England merchant. He worked at odd jobs (clerk, garmhand, teacher) before sailing to the South Seas on the whaler Acushnet. He deserted his ship, lived among cannibals, mutinied on an Australian boat, then spent two years on an American boat returning to the U.S. He successfully romanticized these adventures, publishing seven novels in six years, including Moby Dick (1851), one of the masterworks of American fiction. His popularity waned, and by the time he died he was virtually forgotten. Billy Budd was his last great novel. As his writing declined, Melville sailed again, around Cape Horn to San Francisco on a clipper ship commanded by his brother.

Not long ago, having published two narratives of voyages in the Pacific, which, in many quarters, were received with incredulity, the thought occurred to me, of indeed writing a romance of Polynesian adventure, and publishing it as such; to see whether, the fiction might not, possibly, be received for a verity: in some degree the reverse of my previous experience.
This thought was the germ of others, which have resulted in Mardi.
New York, January, 1849.


  1. Foot in Stirrup
  2. A Calm
  3. A King for a Comrade
  4. A Chat in the Clouds
  5. Seats secured and Portmanteaus packed
  6. Eight Bells
  7. A Pause
  8. They push off, Velis et Bemis
  9. The Watery World is all before Them
  10. They arrange their Canopies and Lounges, and try to make Things comfortable
  11. Jarl afflicted with the Lockjaw
  12. More about being in an open Boat
  13. Of the Chondropterygii, and other uncouth Hordes infesting the South Seas
  14. Jarl's Misgivings
  15. A Stitch in time saves Nine
  16. They are Becalmed
  17. In high Spirits they push on for the Terra Incognita
  18. My Lord Shark and his Pages
  19. Who goes there?
  20. Noises and Portents
  21. Man ho!
  22. What befel the Brigantine at the Pearl Shell Islands
  23. Sailing from the Island they pillage the Cabin
  24. Dedicated to the College of Physicians and Surgeons
  25. Peril a Peace-maker
  26. Containing a Pennyweight of Philosophy
  27. In which the past History of the Parki is concluded
  28. Suspicions laid, and something about the Calmuc
  29. What they lighted upon in further searching the Craft, and the Resolution they came to
  30. Hints for a full length of Samoa
  31. Rovings Alow and Aloft
  32. Xiphius Platypterus
  33. Otard
  34. How they steered on their Way
  35. Ah, Annatoo!
  36. The Parki gives up the Ghost
  37. Once more they take to the Chamois
  38. The Sea on Fire
  39. They fall in with Strangers
  40. Sire and Sons
  41. A Fray
  42. Remorse
  43. The Tent entered
  44. Away!
  45. Reminiscences
  46. The Chamois with a roving Commission
  47. Yillah, Jarl, and Samoa
  48. Something under the Surface
  49. Yillah
  50. Yillah in Ardair
  51. The Dream begins to fade
  52. World ho!
  53. The Chamois Ashore
  54. A Gentleman from the Sun
  55. Tiffin in a Temple
  56. King Media a Host
  57. Taji takes Counsel with himself
  58. Mardi by Night and Yillah by Day
  59. Their Morning Meal
  60. Belshazzar on the Bench
  61. An Incognito
  62. Taji retires from the World
  63. Odo and its Lord
  64. Yillah a Phantom
  65. Taji makes three Acquaintances
  66. With a fair Wind at Sunrise they sail
  67. Little King Peepi
  68. How Teeth were regarded in Valapee
  69. The Company discourse, and Braid-Beard rehearses a Legend 70. The Minstrel leads of with a Paddle-Song; and a Message is received from Abroad
  70. They land upon the Island of Juam
  71. A Book from the Chronicles of Mohi
  72. Something more of the Prince
  73. Advancing deeper into the Vale, they encounter Donjalolo
  74. Time and Temples
  75. A pleasant Place for a Lounge
  76. The House of the Afternoon
  77. Babbalanja solus
  78. The Center of many Circumferences
  79. Donjalolo in the Bosom of his Family
  80. Wherein Babbalanja relates the Adventure of one Karkeke in the Land of Shades
  81. How Donjalolo, sent Agents to the surrounding Isles; with the Result
  82. They visit the Tributary Islets
  83. Taji sits down to Dinner with five-and-twenty Kings, and a royal Time they have
  84. After Dinner
  85. Of those Scamps the Plujii
  86. Nora-Bamma
  87. In a Calm, Hautia's Heralds approach
  88. Braid-Beard rehearses the Origin of the Isle of Rogues
  89. Rare Sport at Ohonoo
  90. Of King Uhia and his Subjects
  91. The God Keevi and the Precipice of Mondo
  92. Babbalanja steps in between Mohi and Yoomy; and Yoomy relates a Legend
  93. Of that jolly old Lord, Borabolla; and that jolly Island of his, Mondoldo; and of the Fish-ponds, and the Hereafters of Fish
  94. That jolly old Lord Borabolla laughs on both Sides of his Face 96. Samoa a Surgeon
  95. Faith and Knowledge
  96. The Tale of a Traveler
  97. "Marnee Ora, Ora Marnee."
  98. The Pursuer himself is pursued
  99. The Iris
  100. They depart from Mondoldo
  101. As they sail
  102. Wherein Babbalanja broaches a diabolical Theory, and in his own Person proves it
Title:Mardi: And A Voyage Thither VOL. IFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 18, 2012Publisher:Zhingoora BooksLanguage:English

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