The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific

The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific

by Paul Theroux
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The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific by Paul Theroux

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, along treacherous coastlines. This exhilarating tropical epic is full of disarming observations and high adventure.

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ISBN-13: 9780804111034
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/27/1992

About the Author

PAUL THEROUX is the author of many highly acclaimed books. His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari. He lives in Hawaii and Cape Cod.

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The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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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.
okinawa More than 1 year ago
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.
Brodk More than 1 year ago
What a Shame! While I enjoyed Theroux's book "Riding the Iron Rooster" immensely, the present work is dyspeptic, cynical, and I suspect a bit off in his curmudgeonly views of just about all nationalities that he encounters. He does make some interesting observations, but too much of the book is about himself and not enough about the places he visits. Too bad, but I think that his older age is telling and I don't think I will read any more of the author's newer works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was not what I was expecting. It was very wordy and boring, so didn't even finish it. I guess I was expecting a more Robinson Crusoe type book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why Cant It Be Freeeeeeee !
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.