The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific

The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific

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In one of his most exotic and breathtaking journeys, the intrepid traveler Paul Theroux ventures to the South Pacific, exploring fifty-one islands by collapsible kayak. Beginning in New Zealand's rain forests and ultimately coming to shore thousands of miles away in Hawaii, Theroux paddles alone over isolated atolls, through dirty harbors and shark-filled waters, and along treacherous coastlines. This exhilarating tropical epic is full of disarming observations and high adventure.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 38mm | 476g
  • Houghton Mifflin (Trade)
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • Mariner Books
  • 061865898X
  • 9780618658985
  • 84,241

Review quote

Engaging and at times brilliant...he goes places where the rest of us might fear to paddle, often beaching his kayak on a small South Pacific island without the foggiest idea whether those awaiting him will be friendly, indifferent, or anxious to give him a good thwack...well worth reading. USA Today A superb blend of sharp-eyed observation and pungently expressed opinion. It's hardly paradise, this lovely part of the world, but Theroux makes it endlessly fascinating. Newsday Feisty, eloquent, and vast in scope...a multilayered odyssey. The San Francisco Chronicle Perceptive, terribly readable, and wickedly funny...[An] exhilarating book. --Book Review The Los Angeles Times
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