July 9, 1842. The day the writer Herman Melville falls into the hands of cannibals

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On December 31, 1841, the young Herman Melville, thirsty for adventure, signs an engagement aboard the whaling ship theAcushnet. A few days later, the ship departed Nantucket Island, located east of the United States off Cape Cod, home port of the whalers. But, quickly, life on board turns to hell. Captain Pease turns out to be a terrible tyrant. What disillusionment! The young Herman imagined himself as an adventurer confronting the sea, and here he is treated like vermin.

From then on, the young man of 22 years only thinks to desert. With seaman Richard Tobias Gree …

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