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Sailing by Starlight: In Search of Treasure Island
     

Sailing by Starlight: In Search of Treasure Island

by Alex Capus, John Brownjohn (Translator)
 

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Capus takes us on an exploratory journey via the loss of a Spanish vessel laden with gold and jewels in the South Seas, the burial of treasure, an ancient map, and a long and dangerous voyage across the Pacific, to prove that Robert Louis Stevenson's "treasure island" actually exists; and that it exists in a place quite different from where hordes of

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Capus takes us on an exploratory journey via the loss of a Spanish vessel laden with gold and jewels in the South Seas, the burial of treasure, an ancient map, and a long and dangerous voyage across the Pacific, to prove that Robert Louis Stevenson's "treasure island" actually exists; and that it exists in a place quite different from where hordes of treasure-hunters have been seeking it for generations. In fact, he posits, it was for this reason alone that Stevenson spent the last five years of his life in Samoa. On a long trip round the Pacific islands with the idea of writing articles for American periodicals, Stevenson, travelling with his beloved wife, Fanny, and stepson Lloyd Osbourne, had no notion of stopping at Samoa when their ship made landfall in December 1889. Yet, only six weeks later, at the age of 39, he would invest all his available assets in a patch of impenetrable jungle and spend the rest of his life there. This book traces what led Stevenson to Samoa and the origins of his famous story. For facing him from this unlikely spot was another island – a conical isle, Tafahi, where legends abound, and it was, Capus suggests, this isle that would cause him to change the course of his life.

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'An exhilarating, captivating literary adventure that follows treasure maps, pirate lore and other clues in search of the fabled Treasure Island.' - Shelf Awareness

'VERDICT With engaging prose, Capus provides conjectural food for thought. Regardless of whether Stevenson found riches, the possibility of life imitating art is tantalizing. A good choice for travel or literary biography readers.' - Library Journal

"A small, scarlet hardback, slim enough to fit into a pocket, it is nattily designed but published at a paperback price." - The Independent

Library Journal
In 1889 Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, made the unlikely decision to settle in Samoa with his wife and stepson. Capus, a French Swiss novelist who writes in German, speculates that perhaps Stevenson knew that it was in close proximity to a real treasure island. Could nearby Tafahi be the location of the lost Lima treasure, stolen from a cathedral in Peru in 1821? Is that why Stevenson spent all his savings to live in an inhospitable area so far from his home in Scotland? Capus describes how Stevenson came to write his most famous work, his unusual family and their life on the island, and stories of other hunters who sought the same treasure in vain. VERDICT With engaging prose, Capus provides conjectural food for thought. Regardless of whether Stevenson found riches, the possibility of life imitating art is tantalizing. A good choice for travel or literary biography readers.—Megan Hahn Fraser, Univ. of California-Los Angeles Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906598785
Publisher:
Haus Publishing
Publication date:
02/15/2011
Series:
Red Books
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Alex Capus is a French-Swiss novelist who writes in German. His works of fiction and non-fiction that have been translated into English include A Matter of Time (2009), Leon and Louise (2012) Almost Like Spring (2013) and Skidoo (2014).

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