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Beyond the Coral Sea Travels in the Old Empires of the South-West Pacific : Travels in the Old Empires of the South-West Pacific - Michael Moran

Beyond the Coral Sea Travels in the Old Empires of the South-West Pacific

Travels in the Old Empires of the South-West Pacific

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East of Java, west of Tahiti and north of the Cape York peninsula of Australia lie the unknown paradise islands of the Coral, Solomon and Bismarck Seas. They were perhaps the last inhabited place on earth to be explored by Europeans, and even today many remain largely unspoilt, despite the former presence of German, British and even Australian colonial rulers.

Michael Moran, a veteran traveller, begins his journey on the island of Samarai, historic gateway to the old British Protectorate, as the guest of the benign grandson of a cannibal. He explores the former capitals of German New Guinea and headquarters of the disastrous New Guinea Compagnie, its administrators decimated by malaria and murder. He travels along the inaccessible Rai Coast through the Archipelago of Contented Men, following in the footsteps of the great Russian explorer ‘Baron' Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay.

The historic anthropological work of Bronislaw Malinowski guides him through the seductive labyrinth of the Trobriand ‘Islands of Love' and the erotic dances of the yam festival. Darkly humorous characters, both historical and contemporary, spring vividly to life as the author steers the reader through the richly fascinating cultures of Melanesia.

‘Beyond the Coral Sea' is a captivating voyage of unusual brilliance and a memorable evocation of a region which has been little written about during the past century.

`Everything you wanted to know about cannibalism but were afraid to ask is here.' Daily Telegraph

`Filled with tales of wonder, sadness and extraordinary behaviour.' Sunday Times

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Author's Notep. xiv
Mapsp. xvi
Prologuep. 1
Forsaking Pudding Islandp. 5
The Eye of the Eaglep. 15
'No More 'Um Kaiser, God Save 'Um King'p. 30
Death is Lighter than a Featherp. 47
Too Hard a Country for Soft Drinksp. 66
'Mr Hallows Plays No Cricket. He's Leaving on the Next Boat.'p. 96
Constitutional Crisis in Makamakap. 112
'O Maklai, O Maklai!' or The Archipelago of Contented Peoplep. 130
Kolonialpolitik Defeats the Man from the Moonp. 148
Minotaurs on Gilded Couchesp. 168
Feverish Nightmaresp. 189
Grand Opening--Tsoi Island General Storep. 207
An Account of the Criminal Excesses of Charles Bonaventure du Breilp. 220
'In Loveing Memory'p. 232
'The Sick Man Goes Down with the Plane'p. 245
'Rabaul i blow up!'p. 252
Queen Emmap. 271
A Moveable Feastp. 286
'No Trespassing Except By Request'p. 301
Auf Wiedersehn, Kannibalenp. 328
Under the Mosquito Net in Malinowski's Tentp. 337
Farewell to That Strange and Fatal Glamourp. 356
Epiloguep. 369
Afterwordp. 375
Brief Chronology of Significant Historical Events in Papua New Guineap. 377
Bibliography of Principal Sourcesp. 382
Indexp. 391
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ISBN: 9780006552352
ISBN-10: 0006552358
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.8  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.33