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5.0 out of 5 stars Far Tortuga: A Materfully Told Sea Tale, July 5, 2000
This review is from: Far Tortuga: A Novel (Paperback)
Peter Mattiessen is one of my favorite writers. You know, if you pick one his many books and open them,whether fiction or non-fiction, that you will be entertained, and see something through fresh eyes, and behind the writing a man concerned deeply for the suvival of our planet. Far Tortuga is a strange, other-worldly book. Mattiessen creates a new style, with word paragraphs of beautiful descriptions of the natural world and the sea, then the emphasis on the dialect spoken in the Bahamas, so deeply felt and understood that it is poetry, the natural rythums of speech and nature captured. Matthiesen has risked much but has succeeded on every creative level. One keeps going back to relish a passage and say "How did he do it, so deeply understand the native speech and blend it into a thrilling adventure story?" He has done this and more, this adventure story about turtle fishing, the sea, human nature under the stress of the elements, and wonderful imagination for names like the name of the turtling ship, the "Lillias Eden," place names like Misteriosa Reefs, and the characters like Raib Evers, Byrum, Speedy, and my favorite: Will Parchment. It is a story of adventure and meditation, of a deceptive simpicity. I think of Joseph Conrad mixed with the wonderful Bahama watercolors of Winslow Homer and Mattiessen in his imagery is easily their equal. It is a zen meditation on the sea and deep regret of things lost and hope of things that may be there, a "Far Tortuga" that may not be on a map but lies out there, home of wide-winged seabirds, pirates, and adventure. "Far Totuga" is a one of a kind masterpiece that throws its readers headfirst into the vision and never lets go.When I read it,I hear the sea surge,feel the author's deep love of nature and of the blue watery planet,where most of our natural paradises and magical places are disappearing.
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Initial post: Nov 26, 2010 4:16:02 PM PST
inf0man says:
Fine review, but it wasn't the Bahamas at all, it was central and Northwest Caribbean!

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 4:16:35 PM PST
inf0man says:
Fine review, but it wasn't the Bahamas at all, it was central and Northwest Caribbean!

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 4:03:57 PM PDT
Capt Slow says:
The story is about a Cayman Islands turtle schooner and its crew.

Posted on Mar 17, 2012 6:51:35 AM PDT
If you look at the map provided in the book you'll note the story takes place in the Caribbean Sea, hundreds of miles to the Southwest of the Bahamas, which is in the North Atlantic proper.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2016 6:56:14 AM PST
"Modern time, mon."

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2016 9:04:54 AM PST
inf0man says:
Agree. Happy this is still read.
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