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The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00AH37F2Q
- Publisher : Mariner Books; 1st edition (December 8, 2006)
- Publication date : December 8, 2006
- Language : English
- File size : 2371 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 530 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #173,917 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It was odd, but the author both disclosed a lot of personal experiences... but as he wrote about it all, it just seemed very distanced- both his introspections, and his experiences. No blame here! I'd be reluctant to show my naked heart to random strangers, tooo- but in many ways he's purporting to do tht, and yet it did not feel to me like this was genuine.
Since that's what really held the whole thing together, that was a problem for me. The anecdotes about the various locales were all very interesting- but distanced. I will say that reading it left me with no desire to visit the South Seas myself, ever- though I enjoyed very much reading about it all.
I have visited many of the islands covered in this comprehensive overview of Oceania and found the descriptions to be remarkably consistent with my experiences. If you've never been to the Pacific Islands, this will give you a true feel for the varied and exotic peoples and locations. Mr. Theroux spent a good deal of time in the Solomons, which are not nearly as developed and accessible as the better known chains (Cook Islands, Society Islands, Hawaii). I found his description of American Samoa particularly interesting as I was married to a Samoan and visited family on the island. The comments about Pago Pago are spot on. The opening chapters on Australia and New Zealand were fascinating.
As we too head over to Oceania, Theroux’s writings will add a certain amount of knowledge and pleasure to our experience.
Well done Paul Theroux. And now on to your next adventure.
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It didn't spoil it for me because this is in any case the most slapdash and least polished of his travel books, full of totally unpronounceable place names - so it seemed almost appropriate. But it's hugely readable and always interesting. Paul's marriage has broken down, he doesn't seem to know quite where he is with his writing, so he spends 18 months visiting 51 Pacific islands, obsessively paddling his collapsible kayak, often over huge distances in frightening-sounding conditions. Most of the writing is simple and straightforward. Almost 'I did this, then I did this.' Very little of the erudite literary wordsmith is in evidence this time. But one feels closer to him as a result. He's generous and bluntly critical in turns, an eccentric guide to all these fascinating, remote places.