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The Book Of Puka Puka

Autor: Robert Dean Frisbie
ISBN: 9781780601410
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"The Book of PukaPuka is not about travel, it is about staying still. It is about living as a conspicuous stranger and slowly allowing yourself to become absorbed into the ways of an ancient, indigenous community. This book was not composed by a colonial administrator, a missionary or an anthropologist, but by a hedonistic South Sea trader. This young American fishes, picnics, swims, sleeps and falls in love but fortunately he also listens out for good stories. "

Mr Moonlight Of The South Seas

Autor: Brandon Oswald
ISBN: 9780692939901
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Mr. Moonlight of the South Seas examines the life of American author Robert Dean Frisbie who, at the age of twenty-four, left the United States for the unknown adventurous ports of the Pacific Islands in the early 1920's. He first landed in Papeete, Tahiti, which at the time was a bustling town and the start-off point for many visitors to the region. He would stay a few years learning the Tahitian language, culture, and way of life. He enjoyed sharing his experiences in numerous articles for U.S. publications such as the Atlantic Monthly. Frisbie was fascinated with the number of characters that lived or frequently visited the island. These included Tahitians, sea captains, beachcombers and writers. He would often refer to these characters in his stories. His most notable friend was James Norman Hall, who would eventually co-author the Bounty Trilogy. For the remainder of his life, Hall remained one of the few people in whom Frisbie would confide his inner-most thoughts. On their first meeting in Papeete, Frisbie was mesmerized by the setting and the different boats in port. He told Hall, "All these ships.... I suppose you can go almost anywhere from here?" After four years on Tahiti, Frisbie began to take his writing career more seriously and craved finding an isolated island where he could dedicate most of his time to writing his great novel, which he called his "Moby Dick." He settled on the lonely atoll known as Pukapuka in the Cook Islands. He got to know the islanders and their language, customs, and lifestyles. He eventually immortalized the island and some of the characters he knew in many sketches, articles and essays. Several of the pieces were collected and made into his most famous book titled The Book of Puka-Puka. Although writing occupied much of his time, Frisbie lived the life of an islander without, however, becoming what he termed, "native." He believed it was very important to respect the culture of the islanders around him by continuing to acknowledge his separate upbringing. That said, he did enjoy participating in island activities such as fishing, canoeing, and house building. Eventually, Frisbie would marry a Pukapukan girl named Ngatokorua, and together the couple would have five children. His family changed his life and created additional challenges and adventures. The years of living on this lonely atoll would take its toll on Frisbie's health and mind. He could easily go months without talking to another European man, and sometimes a year would pass between ships visiting the island. Frisbie was forced to sail away from Pukapuka due to family tragedies, poor health and a yearning to see other islands. He took his family to Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, and Rarotonga. During his South Seas travels, he and his children barely survived a monster cyclone on the island of Suwarrow. Despite his wandering, Frisbie returned to Pukapuka on several occasions in hope of reviving some stability with his family. Frisbie was also constantly trying to justify his choice of lifestyle - simple, yet unpredictable, at a time when not many people had the courage to do so. He never lost faith in writing his "Moby Dick"; and he continued to write articles for American magazines. Before his death, Frisbie would publish six very fascinating books that memorialized the people and cultures of this very unique part of the world.

Miss Ulysses From Puka Puka

Autor: Florence Frisbie
ISBN: 9780692646960
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Miss Ulysses from Puka-Puka (2nd edition) by Florence (Johnny) Frisbie is the first book written by a Polynesian woman. It tells the amazing story of a young girl growing up on a remote island in the Cook Islands group. Written when Johnny was between the ages of 12 and 14, and published in 1948 when she was 15, Johnny likens her travels through South Pacific islands to those of Ulysses in the Odyssey. Through Johnny's fresh and unspoiled eyes, we read of a Garden-of-Eden existence on a remote atoll, where the land and the sea provide all that is necessary for life. The sea brings danger as well; Johnny describes the terror of a hurricane that all but destroys a deserted island where she and her family are marooned. The sea rises and floods the entire island to a depth of six feet; they barely survive by tying themselves to the topmost branches of a tall tree. Johnny's writing sparkles. She has humor and wisdom beyond her years as she describes life and customs on the island where she grew up. Her grandmother's extended family, the trading station operated by her father, the local witch doctor, a native missionary, her father's mistress after the death of her mother, and her first boyfriend are among the characters she describes with unflinching honesty. Cut off from the outside world, the island is so remote that six months pass between visits by passing ships. She learns at an early age to be self-reliant. Struck early by tragedy (her mother died when Johnny was nine years old), she helps her father care for four brothers and sisters until he falls ill and dies when she is sixteen. Friends including James A. Michener arrange a foster family in Hawaii where she pursues her education and re-unites with her two sisters. Out of print for more than sixty years, Johnny has added two new chapters to this classic and compelling book and illustrated it with family photos and three maps.

The Island Of Desire

ISBN: 9781789430158
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The American Robert Frisbie relates how, in the 1920s, he fell in love with and married a charming Polynesian woman and became part of the life of the remote island of Pukapuka. The next six years were wonderfully happy. The charm of their lives is spread before the reader with the miraculous colour and texture of a Gauguin painting.

Making History

Autor: Robert Borofsky
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521396486
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The unravelling of an anthropological puzzle concerning a Polynesian island's social organization clarifies the strength and limitations of the anthropological approach to constructing knowledge.

A Book Of The Beginnings

Autor: Gerald Massey
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
ISBN: 1602060835
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Containing an attempt to recover and reconstitute the lost origins of the myths and mysteries, types and symbols, religion and language, with Egypt for the mouthpiece and Africa as the birthplace.

My Tahiti

Autor: Robert Dean Frisbie
ISBN: 9781789430165
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In this classic Robert Dean Frisbie describes the idyllic Tahitian life that Paul Gauguin painted so memorably. He writes: "During twelve years of wandering among the atolls of the South Seas I have recorded passages from my life in a Tahitian village. It has been a pleasant task--redeeming from oblivion the last of a Golden Age."

Pocket Atlas Of Remote Islands

Autor: Judith Schalansky
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143126679
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A lovely small-trim edition of the award-winning Atlas of Remote Islands The Atlas of Remote Islands, Judith Schalansky's beautiful and deeply personal account of the islands that have held a place in her heart throughout her lifelong love of cartography, has captured the imaginations of readers everywhere. Using historic events and scientific reports as a springboard, she creates a story around each island: fantastical, inscrutable stories, mixtures of fact and imagination that produce worlds for the reader to explore. Gorgeously illustrated and with new, vibrant colors for the Pocket edition, the atlas shows all fifty islands on the same scale, in order of the oceans they are found. Schalansky lures us to fifty remote destinations?from Tristan da Cunha to Clipperton Atoll, from Christmas Island to Easter Island?and proves that the most adventurous journeys still take place in the mind, with one finger pointing at a map.

Unlikely Liberators

Autor: Masayo Umezawa Duus
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 0824831403
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Unlikely Liberators is the action-filled story of the men of the 100th Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Not trusted to fight in the Pacific, these sons of Japanese immigrants were sent instead to the European theater. In the eyes of their own government and the Europeans they liberated, they were an unlikely group of fighting men. They nevertheless engaged the enemy with astonishing heroism, winning battle after battle at Anzio, Salerno, Cassino, and in the Vosges Mountains. At the end of the war, the 100th and the 442nd emerged as America s most decorated units. They provided ample evidence of their patriotism to a country that had questioned their loyalty. Masayo Duus begins her story with the formation of the Japanese American units, which were an outgrowth of America s ambivalent attitude toward the entire Japanese American community at the outbreak of the war. She recounts their experiences in training and during the early battles in Italy, including the conflicts between Japanese American and Caucasian troops. The final part of the story focuses on the battle in the Vosges forest, where the 442nd fought fiercely to rescue the lost battalion of Texans hopelessly cut off by the enemy. Based on extensive research in War Department archives and nearly three hundred interviews with veterans of the 100th and 442nd, Unlikely Liberators first appeared in serialized form in Japan, where it won the Bungeishunjusha Reader s Prize. It is an absorbing and personalized account of young men suddenly separated from their families and friends, often confused and sometimes suspicious about what the army wanted from them. It portrays them as individuals confronting the multiple crises of war and social rejection and it shows that their greatest achievement was not their victory over a foreign enemy, but over prejudice at home. This book is a tribute to those men, who by their heroism reestablished for all Japanese Americans their personal dignity as full citizens in the country of their birth. "

Big Max

Autor: Kin Platt
Publisher: Perfection Learning
ISBN: 9780812428841
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Big Max, the world's greatest detective, helps a king find his missing elephant.

White Savages In The South Seas

Autor: Mel Kernahan
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9781859840047
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A series of travel essays and vignettes describes the true nature of the islands of Polynesia and their inhabitants, revealing life in the South Seas that tourists seldom see

Return To Paradise

Autor: James A. Michener
Publisher: Dial Press
ISBN: 0804151466
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James A. Michener, the master of historical fiction, revisits the scenes of his first great work, Tales of the South Pacific, the Pulitzer Prize winner that brought him international acclaim. In this sequel collection, Michener once again evokes the magic of the extraordinary isles in the Pacific—from Fiji and Gaudalcanal to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea—through stories that burst with adventure, charm, and local color. For Michener’s many fans around the globe, Return to Paradise is a precious second look at a land of enchantment by one of the most gifted storytellers of the twentieth century. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's Hawaii. Praise for Return to Paradise “A brilliant book and a worthy successor to Tales of the South Pacific.”—The Atlanta Constitution “This is a book that should be read by everyone. . . . All who have seen the South Pacific will find on every page the odors of frangipani, copra, blood, and beer.”—The New York Times “There’s drama and pathos and adventure and humanity . . . and a very high degree of excellence. Michener can write.”—Kirkus Reviews