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- DescriptionThe Pacific Ocean calls to mind a world of fabulous kingdoms and ble savages, guilt free sex and gin-clear lagoons, and a perfect idleness fed by lush fruits and fish-rich seas. Ever since Captain Cook first went to Tahiti in 1769 to observe the transit of Venus across the sun, this dream of the Pacific has t lost its force. But Julian Evans's journey through the island archipelagos of the Great Ocean was also informed by a quest into our more modern myths - such as Peacekeeper missiles and nuclear bombs being tested by the US Army. With humour and vivid imagery, honesty and a wickedly sardonic wit, Evans uncovers the reality of these two Pacific dreams: a brave new ocean where the islanders have money and booze, military coups and cold-war politics, atomic explosions and rising sea levels, but where, in the remotest atolls, beyond all our modernity and rationality, the old dream of islands continues to assert itself.
- Author BiographyJulian Evans grew up on Australia's east coast and then in the south London suburbs of the 1960s. In 1990 he left his job in London to island-hop across the Pacific Ocean by ship, small plane and boat, a journey that ended five months later at the US nuclear-missile test range on Kwajalein atoll. His latest book was the highly acclaimed, Semi-Invisible Man: the Life of Norman Lewis.
- Author(s)Julian Evans
- PublisherEland Publishing Ltd
- Date of Publication03/09/2014
- SubjectTravel Writing
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintEland Publishing Ltd
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight340 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine20 mm
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