The ten "sketches" comprising The Encantadas, or Enchanted Isles are based largely on author Herman Melville's experience in the GalApagos Islands, combined with the recorded history of the islands, local folklore, and sailors' stories. The earlier sketches present a daunting description of the islands and their fauna. Belying their tropical location, there is nothing of paradise in these volcanic remnants-home to large numbers of lizards, snakes, and giant spiders-and the GalApagos Islands are isolated, desolate, and uninhabitable. However, they are not without their idiosyncratic charm for Melville, and the later sketches tell the stories of some of those inhabitants-buccaneers, the "dog-king" of Charles's Island, the "Chola widow," and Oberlus, the hermit. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.
by Herman Melville
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