Bright and Distant Shores

Bright and Distant Shores

by Dominic Smith


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Bright and Distant Shores 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent.  Highly recommended.  Wonderful character development.  Great historical fiction.  Loved both the distant island settings and information about Chicago.  Unusual voyage to fine artifacts and specimens.  Showed complex  characters - both good and evil in each.   This book was well worthy my time and money.  A+++++++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the style of a classic. Good character development. Well written. Enjoyable to read. I would recommend this for quiet evening reading.
TooBusyReading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a great adventure this is! Sea trips in old sailing ships, expeditions to collect artifacts, including native people, to put on display in Chicago, a clash of wealth and poverty, men of hubris and dedicated to lives of one-upmanship. This novel is filled with lovely (although not always loveable), quirky characters, wonderful prose, and a terrific story line. It's all the better for its glimpses of history, Chicago and the world on the brink of the 20th century. Occasionally, the writing was a bit florid for my tastes, but mostly, I loved it. Some of the more gruesome descriptions were a little hard for me to read. And the poor, old god-horse ¿ well, that part is best read rather than described. This is a fun, fascinating adventure, and I loved reading it.I am grateful to have been given a complimentary copy for review, by the publisher.
SusieBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found Bright and Distant Shores to be a slow but ultimately worthwhile read. I generally enjoyed the author's writing, which seamlessly interweaves a huge amount of historical and anthropological details into the story. At times, though, it came off as just dense - by about the middle of the novel I was getting bored and considered not finishing. I am glad that I did finish the book, however, because it turned out to be a very well-written, interesting read in one of my favorite genres.I loved the characters created by Dominic Smith. He picks his subjects from among the awkwardly-situated social ranks often neglected in historical fiction: the middle class and the colonized peoples. Owen Graves is not quite the poor orphan in rags-to-riches stories, but he is not at all wealthy, either, instead being just a hard-working man courting an upper-class charity and museum worker. Argus Niu is neither a colonizer nor a "savage" - he is a fairly educated, well-spoken Poumetan caught in between the allures of white civilization and the traditional lifestyle of his people. All in all, the social positions and trials of Smith's cast of characters are quite fascinating.The author's development of plot and characterizations is excellent. I never felt like the characters were left at all underdeveloped, and their motives and desires were clear and understandable. The plot, though relatively slow, felt complete. No loose ends were left at the end of the book, and I was very pleased that Smith continues the characters' stories well past the end of their Pacific journey. The reader is not left wondering, "But what happened after?"Almost everything is tied up, leaving a satisfying conclusion to an interesting and historically informative read.
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