The Happy Isles of Oceania

The Happy Isles of Oceania

Paddling the Pacific

Book - 2006
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In one of his most exotic and breathtaking journeys, the intrepid traveler Paul Theroux ventures to the South Pacific, exploring fifty-one islands by collapsible kayak. Beginning in New Zealand's rain forests and ultimately coming to shore thousands of miles away in Hawaii, Theroux paddles alone over isolated atolls, through dirty harbors and shark-filled waters, and along treacherous coastlines. This exhilarating tropical epic is full of disarming observations and high adventure.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Mariner Books, 2006, c1992.
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed.
ISBN: 9780618658985
061865898X
Branch Call Number: 919.5 THE
Characteristics: 528 p. : maps ; 21 cm.

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rationallady
Jul 20, 2015

What a wonderful read! Written in l991, this book is an adventure and a history of all the cultures of the Pacific islands. I felt like I was on vacation and was sad when it was over. It was so much better than going the tourist route.

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Sunny222
Aug 13, 2013

I really enjoyed reading this before travelling to New Zealand. Though most of the book is not about that country, I learned so much more - about the people who occupy the many South Pacific Islands of Polynesia. Fascinating and enjoyable reading. The author's habit of pulling out his odd collapsible kayak in many of the out of the way places he visited was sure to attract the attention of locals including the kids.

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