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Toki: The True Adventures of William Mariner Paperback – February 11, 2011
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About the Author
Brian K. Crawford was born in Ohio in 1947. He spent four years as a hippie, two on a ship in the North Atlantic and another two living in the Polynesian kingdom of Tonga and navigating the Australian nuclear protest yacht Warana from Tonga to Australia. He has written two novels, many short stories, and a series of memoirs of his adventures. He lives now in Marin County, California, where he continues to sail and hike and is an open space activist.
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I discovered the story of William Mariner in Nigel Randell's fabulous book THE WHITE HEADHUNTER (this one about a 19-year-old). I then discovered that there was another book on Mariner, Crawford's TOKI, published in 2007. I literally couldn't wait for Amazon to send me a copy! Three days later it came and I found ... I found it pathetic rubbish. First of all, it's a novel in which everyone -- from English bankers to crewmen to the savages -- speaks Oxford English, and what English: Here we have two merciless Tongans: `'Tell your grey head to not worry.'' `'My grey head advises me....'' (ADVISES me!!!) The ship's crew (normally the dregs of society) never EVER mutters anything resembling a 4-letter word. To the contrary, there are numerous, highly uplifting sentences such as `'Bless you, Captain...'' The cannibals kill and cook people, but the vocable used is at no time more offensives than `'hit on the head'', `'they moan'' and then `'lie still.'' That said, there were two titillating sentences when a native boy tells William the Tongan word for `'a boy's thing and a girl's thing.'' (I mean, they may be titillating in Tongan.) My own books can be found on Amazon under Michael Hone.