Hunting Pirate Heaven: In Search of Lost Pirate Utopias

Hunting Pirate Heaven: In Search of Lost Pirate Utopias

by Kevin Rushby
     
 

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Hitching rides on a motley assortment of freighters, dhows, yachts, and fishing smacks, Kevin Rushby sailed up the east coast of Africa in search of the lost pirate settlements that, in the sixteenth century, were established on the islands and atolls in the Indian Ocean. He turned east to the islands of Comoros and Madagascar, his ultimate objective being to locate

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Hitching rides on a motley assortment of freighters, dhows, yachts, and fishing smacks, Kevin Rushby sailed up the east coast of Africa in search of the lost pirate settlements that, in the sixteenth century, were established on the islands and atolls in the Indian Ocean. He turned east to the islands of Comoros and Madagascar, his ultimate objective being to locate the descendants of the infamous sixteenth-century pirates-such as Captain Misson, the legendary French pirate who may have been dreamed up by Daniel Defoe; English sailor-turned-buccaneer Thomas White; and Rhode Islander Thomas Tew-who carved kingdoms for themselves in the remote jungles of northeast Madagascar. As he traveled, Rushby met up with the crackpot dreamers, tough settlers, fighters and failures who live on the coasts and islands now-where forgotten Portuguese forts lie covered in jungle, where some have tried to shoot their way to paradise, and where the ocean can destroy lives and dreams as quickly as men and women create them.

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“Rushby's characters rise from the pages like holograms.” —Washington Post

“Wonderfully detailed…a personal journey of discovery, a travelogue filled with odd characters and odd modes of transport...He finds modern-day pirates, or thinks and fears that he does, and passes along the history of the region as the locals recall it. Hunting Pirate Heaven would make a great Travel Channel special.” —Orlando Sentinel

“An enthralling guide to a little visited corner of the world, haunted by the ghosts of its pirate past.” —Publishers Weekly

“In this delicious book, the cast of colorful characters is excellently drawn.” —Sunday Times (London)

“Pirates have provided material for writers for so long that one hardly thinks there could be any literary treasure left, but here is a book that proves otherwise.” —Guardian (London)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802779779
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/10/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
902,430
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Kevin Rushby has lived and worked in Sudan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Yemen. He is the author of Children of Cali: Through India in Search of Bandits, the Thug Cult, and the British Raj; Eating the Flowers of Paradise: A Journey Through the Drug Fields of Ethiopia and Yemen; and Chasing the Mountain of Light: Across India on the Trail of the Koh-I-Noor Diamond. He lives in York, England.
Kevin Rushby has lived and worked in Sudan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Yemen. He is the author of Eating the Flowers of Paradise: A Journey through the Drug Fields of Ethiopia and Yemen, Chasing the Mountain of Light: Across India on the Trail of the Koh-I-Noor Diamond, and Hunting Pirate Heaven: In Search of the Lost Pirate Utopias of the Indian Ocean. He lives in York, England.

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