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Theroux chronicles his journey--by kayak--through a world of wonders among the islands of the Pacific, from New Zealand to New Guinea, Tahiti to Hawaii. Theroux investigates seldom-visited shores, meets remarkable people, and explores fabled Easter Island in this witty account.
"A superb blend of sharp-eyed observation and pungently expressed opinion. It's hardly paradise, this lovely part of the world, but Theroux makes it endlessly fascinating." Newsday
"Feisty, eloquent, and vast in scope...a multilayered odyssey." The San Francisco Chronicle
"Perceptive, terribly readable, and wickedly funny...[An] exhilarating book."—Book Review The Los Angeles Times
Posted March 26, 2000
It takes time to appreciate Theroux's humour but he does have interesting insite towards the South Pacific culture. A bit of a snob, he is a unrelenting critic. I found the novel compelling but dark and moody much like his feelings towards Easter Island. He wanders in the end and the conclusion is much like his travels-unpredicatble and confusing. Don't bother reading his first works-arogant sexual conquests in Africa, but his jaunt across China is amusing.
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Posted May 2, 2009
He sure doesn't put a good spin on New Zealanders or Australians but one can take some of his opinions with a grain of salt. I was glued to his descriptions and didn't skip any sentences or paragraphs like I usually do when I'm reading travelogues. Mosquito Coast is also a number one for good reads.
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Posted February 2, 2000
I couldn't wait to receive this book and get started reading. As early as the first chapter, I was already disappointed. Mr. Theroux has a very negative point of view of so many people he meets, and of entire countries. I have read reviews of his other books, and apparently some other readers agree with me. I am lucky enough to have traveled extensively throughout Australia, Fiji, and French Polynesia, and I could not relate to any of his pretentious opinions of these places. Thankfully, I did not order any of his other books.
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Posted August 22, 2013
Posted August 22, 2013
This was my first time reading this author and in the beginning I was disappointed that he was blowing my fantasy of the South Pacific. After a few chapters I was enthralled with his perspective and enjoyed his writing and research style. The truth sometimes is as good as the fantasy, but different.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2013
Posted February 19, 2013