In The South Seas

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Penguin UK, Oct 29, 1998 - Travel - 336 pages
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IN THE SOUTH SEAS records Stevenson's travels with his wife Fanny and their family in the Marquesas, the Paumotus and the Gilbert Islands during 1888-9. Originally drafted in journal form while Stevenson travelled, it was then ambitiously rewrittento describe the islands and islanders as well as Stevenson's own personal experiences. IN THE SOUTH SEAS was published posthumously in 1896. Its combination of personal anecdote and historical account, of autobiography and anthropology, of Stevenson and South Sea Islands, has a particular charm.
 

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Interesting but a hard read.

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Stevenson is a hard read. I dont believe most people would enjoy reading these although informative it just isnt a fun sit down and read through type of book. Read full review

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
INTRODUCTION
NOTE ON THE TEXT
FURTHER READING MAP IN THE SOUTH SEAS
THE MARQUESAS
AnIsland Landfall II Making Friends
TheMaroon IV Death
Depopulation
Chiefs and Tapus
Hatiheu
The Port of Entry
The House of Temoana X A Portrait andaStory
LongPig A Cannibal High Place
The Story ofaPlantation XIII Characters XIV Ina Cannibal Valley XV The Two Chiefs of Atuona
THE PAUMOTUS I The Dangerous Archipelago Atolls at a Distance
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Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) became a professional writer when he became afflicted with a severe respiratory illness in his early twenties. Many of his works are available in Penguin Classics, including' Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' and 'Weir of Hermiston'.
Neil Rennie is a Lecturer in English at UCL, and is currently completing a book about travel writing and the New World for OUP.

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