Like typical Melville style, this information is purely tangental. I should really discuss the story of Typee, briefly... as it's been quite some time since I perused the pages.
MINOR SPOILERS BEGIN HERE
Typee is the real-life, non-fictional account of Melville's habitation with savages in the Marquesas Islands in Polynesia. He was on a trading boat, which he felt would NEVER stop it's journey on the seas, so he decided to leave with a fellow sailor (Tom) on an island in the Marquesas during a stop at a friendly French port (the island being partially occupied by the French). After running out of food while in hiding, they both decided to risk the cannibalistic 'savages'. After a time, Tom leaves to get help for Melville when he falls ill... but never returns. At the time of publication of Typee, no one yet knows what happened to Tom... and we only find out from Melville in a follow-up publication.
END OF MINOR SPOILERS
While not the epic work of literature that Moby-Dick was, I enjoyed this work more for its simple pleasures. The prose was simple and to the point, the detail was very strong at times but did not feel heavy-handed and you really felt the characters come alive. All in all, a very good first work by Melville, in my opinion.