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In The South Seas : Penguin Classics - Robert Louis Stevenson

In The South Seas

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 29th October 1998
ISBN: 9780140434361
Number Of Pages: 336
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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 1888-89. Originally drafted in journal form while Stevenson traveled, it was then ambitiously rewritten to describe the islands and islanders as well as Stevenson's own personal experiences. These revisions continued when Stevenson settled on the Samoan island where he died in 1894, and 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, makes this "a classic of Pacific travel, the work of the best British travel writer to see the South Seas" (Neil Rennie in her Introduction).

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A record of Stevenson's journeys with his wife and family through the Marquesas, the Paumotos (now the Society Islands) and the Gilbert Islands in 1888-89. Combining personal anecdote, autobiography and anthropology, his account has a particular charm and confirms Stevenson's reputation not only as the author of romantic adventure stories but also as a serious travel writer. Published posthumously on Samoa in 1896. (Kirkus UK)

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. viii
Note on the Textp. xxxvi
Further Readingp. xxxvii
Mapp. xl
In the South Seas
The Marquesas
An Island Landfallp. 5
Making Friendsp. 10
The Maroonp. 17
Deathp. 23
Depopulationp. 29
Chiefs and Tapusp. 36
Hatiheup. 43
The Port of Entryp. 49
The House of Temoanap. 55
A Portrait and a Storyp. 62
Long-Pig - A Cannibal High Placep. 68
The Story of a Plantationp. 77
Charactersp. 85
In a Cannibal Valleyp. 91
The Two Chiefs of Atuonap. 97
The Paumotus
The Dangerous Archipelago - Atolls at a Distancep. 107
Fakarava: An Atoll at Handp. 113
A House to Let in a Low Islandp. 120
Traits and Sects in the Paumotusp. 127
A Paumotuan Funeralp. 136
Graveyard Storiesp. 139
The Gilberts
Butaritarip. 155
The Four Brothersp. 160
Around Our Housep. 166
A Tale of a Tapup. 174
A Tale of a Tapu - continuedp. 180
The Five Days' Festivalp. 189
Husband and Wifep. 199
The Gilberts - Apemama
The King of Apemama: The Royal Traderp. 209
The King of Apemama: Foundation of Equator Townp. 215
The King of Apemama: The Palace of Many Womenp. 222
The King of Apemama: Equator Town and the Palacep. 228
King and Commonsp. 234
The King of Apemama: Devil-Workp. 242
The King of Apemamap. 252
Notesp. 258
Emendationsp. 283
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ISBN: 9780140434361
ISBN-10: 0140434364
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 29th October 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1

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