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The Happy Isles of Oceania Paddling the Pacific Possibly his best travel book observant and frequently hilarious account of a trip that took him to Pacific Islands TIMERenowned travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux has been many places in his

  • Title: The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific
  • Author: Paul Theroux
  • ISBN: 9780449908587
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific By Paul Theroux, Possibly his best travel book observant and frequently hilarious account of a trip that took him to 51 Pacific Islands TIMERenowned travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux has been many places in his life and tried almost everything But this trip in and around the lands of the Pacific may be his boldest, most fascinating yet From New Zealand s rain forests, to cro Possibly his best travel book observant and frequently hilarious account of a trip that took him to 51 Pacific Islands TIMERenowned travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux has been many places in his life and tried almost everything But this trip in and around the lands of the Pacific may be his boldest, most fascinating yet From New Zealand s rain forests, to crocodile infested New Guinea, over isolated atolls, through dirty harbors, daring weather and coastlines, he travels by Kayak wherever the winds take him and what he discovers is the world to explore and try to understand.

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    1. I would NEVER want to travel with or spend any time with Paul Theroux, but damn, can he conjure up a sense of place Cranky, complaining and mean spirited, but vastly entertaining.

    2. This is the last book for my year of reading books about or set in or from Oceania It is bittersweet indeed This one sat on my shelf at home for several years, actually, and I almost didn t get to it again this year I think it s Theroux On one hand he goes on these amazing adventures, on the other hand he is cranky and judgmental and while some reviews claim this trait to be wickedly funny Los Angeles Times I have this feeling deep down that in another person s hands, the experiences might be c [...]

    3. Ah, Theroux How much do I love Theroux This is one of my favourite books by him, not only because of where he is traveling I know, many readers don t like Theroux because he is so seemingly negative I ve heard people ask why he doesn t stay at home if he doesn t like what he sees, but see, I don t think he doesn t like where he is But he is human, and he sees and describes the world he travels thruogh as a human.So if you expect great travel writing to sound like and the we visited the pyramids [...]

    4. Here I am, stepping into something huge again Paul Theroux is one of the most popular travel writers of our times and I am fully aware that it will take me years to eat myself through his literature He has several essential travel volumes to choose from and hereby I officially promise to report on The Great Railway Bazaar and The Old Patagonian Express A.S.Ahe volume I read this time was The Happy Isles of Oceania and to be perfectly honest, after the poetic and respectful admiration towards loc [...]

    5. This is one of the worst books I ve ever read I m at the last section of the book and I m amazed that I ve made it this far without giving up I thought this book was going to be a great ode to the Pacific islands, but instead it was just one man s cynical and downtrodden tirade Theroux managed to make sweeping generalizations about every group of people he came across, and you were lucky if you could read an entire page without him bitching about how lazy or dumb people were I know from my own e [...]

    6. It was in the Trobriands that I had realized that the Pacific was a universe, not a simple ocean I especially recalled how one day sailing back to an island we were delayed, and night fell There were stars everywhere, above us, and reflected in the sea along with the sparkle of phosphorescence streaming from the bow wave When I poked an oar in the ocean and stirred it, the sea glittered with twinkling sea life We sped onward There were no lights on shore It was as though we were in an old ricket [...]

    7. Damnit Paul Theroux, once again you made this book work by the skin of your teeth Almost as if you can make your books work by sheer force of will and effort as opposed to any clear message And somehow that works.So the gimmick or setting of this Paul Theroux travel book is a year and a half, yup, a year and a half spent traipsing through the Pacific islands with a collapsible kayak Theroux is a master of creating this fantasy of perfect travel exquisitely written little vignettes informed by a [...]

    8. Travel writing isn t easy I ve read books that start off as engaging, but quickly lose the reader with dense facts, boring subtleties and the rigors of a timeline based storytelling this happened, and then this happened, and then this happened Yes, this book has the facts, the subtleties and the rigors, but they are never too dense or rigorous or boring Paul Theroux is a gifted writer and in this book, he managed to keep me hooked all through its 528 pages The fact that I traveled to Islands in [...]

    9. This book was really neat Mr Theroux took a year to kayak around many Pacific islands in a collapsible travel kayak He navigates around sharks, warring tribes, head hunters, and new age Hawaiians I found that he was happier in this book than some others He is a sharp observer, even if I don t agree with all his thoughts He shows how travel can test one s civility I appreciate that he doesn t hide this, and shares his experiences warts and all Culture shock sneaks up on you, surprises you, and ma [...]

    10. Huh Well What to say about this book that won t put off the rest of my book club fellows before they ve read it.I did not enjoy this book I think it probably could ve been named The Depressing Isles of Oceania and been a lot accurate The author is not a very happy person as he travels in his collapsible kayak around the isles This is perhaps a bit understandable as he his wife have just split up.However, there doesn t seem to be anything that can make him happy People are either too helpful, or [...]

    11. The south sea islands Stevenson s Samoa, Gauguin s Tahiti, Melville s Typee, Michener s Tales of the South Pacific with music by Rodgers and Hammerstein , Heyerdahl s Kon Tiki Theroux brings their story up to date in a long and detailed travelogue, covering an extensive territory His journey starts with New Zealand and Australia, parts of the prosperous western world, though their native inhabitants do not seem to share much of that prosperity It ends in Hawaii, which also seems familiar But in [...]

    12. This is the second travel book I ve read by Paul Theroux, the first having recounted his experiences during a walk around the periphery of Britain This present work, published in 1992, describes his visit to New Zeeland and Australia and subsequent kayaking throughout the islands of the South Pacific I enjoyed the work, moderately, but its length and the sameness of his experiences resulted in a tedium that increased as the chapters unfolded.Theroux characteristically views foreign lands and cul [...]

    13. I also chose this book, Happy Isles of Oceania Paddling the Pacific, by Paul Theroux, in preparation for our trip to Hawaii alas, now at least a month in the past Mr Theroux describes the journey he began in New Zealand, a journey essentially retracing the steps of the ancient Polynesians as they settled the islands of the Pacific Mr Theroux traveled by airplane, not by outrigger canoe, but he carried a little collapsible boat with him, and made sure to get some paddling in at each island.I ve r [...]

    14. A combination travelogue and personal reflection, Theroux provides us with his impressions as he travels and paddles his portable kayak from Australia to Hawaii He visits each of the island groups of the Pacific and provides his impressions of the people who inhabit them and their culture.Filled with Theroux s witty and humorous observations, the book is a commentary of the clash of the native people and the European s who sought paradise at the expense of native language, culture and sovereignt [...]

    15. This travel book by my favorite travel author, Paul Theroux, did not disappoint Written back in 1992, it is an account of a trip taken through the Pacific Islands shortly after the breakup of his first marriage Setting off from New Zealand, he travels to Papua New Guinea and then follows the clusters of islands throughout the Pacific Ocean, passing through Easter Island and finishing his trip in Hawaii Not everything is pleasant in the Happy Isles as I learned that the island of Kahoolawe, just [...]

    16. This book was my first Paul Theroux I probably got it almost twenty years ago, and have read and read and read it What is he looking for, in this tough moment in his life I admire his ability to resist making himself look good in every book, but in this one in particular, he is vulnerable and open in his need to find comfort in the familiar, the interesting, the strange I m reading it again right now, for the twenty somethingth time He s in the Troubled Trobriands right now I m not sure why I fi [...]

    17. Paul Theroux s The Happy Isles of OceaniaI m a big fan of Paul Theroux, at least his travel literature the only novel of his I ve read is Waldo, his debut, which, despite moments of hilarity, doesn t quite come off In the travel genre, I ve read his The Great Railway Bazaar, The Kingdom by the Sea, The Pillars of Hercules, Dark Star Safari, Riding the Iron Rooster, and Ghost Train to the Eastern Star The Great Railway Bazaar is a masterpiece, the others merely very good to outstanding Time magaz [...]

    18. I somehow made my way through 175 pages of this book before I decided that I didn t need to finish it It was such a relief to realize that I don t need to spend than 500 pages with this miserable man Was the title supposed to be ironic No one in the book could be described as being Happy He s both traveling through the Pacific islands and going through a breakup with his wife I m assuming that the breakup is the reason he s so miserable The amount of time he spends writing about his marriage is [...]

    19. Paul Theroux goes on amazing trips and writes about them vividly, exploring curiously and encountering all sorts of interesting characters He s also such a fucking White Dude who sees himself as a passive neutral observer instead of a hyperprivileged grumpy asshole I love reading about the trips and the stories but it s some unethical shit.

    20. Paul Theroux The happy isles of OceaniaIn de jaren negentig ontdekte ik de reisboeken van Theroux Cynisch, maar ook wel weer oprecht belangstellend Niet een doorsnee reiziger, maar wel erg bereisd Dit dikke boek las ik in 1999 En toen ik ging op reis Lang Alleen een rugzak mee En dan neem je dus niet een boek mee waar je al maar dan 500 bladzijden van gelezen hebt Wel Oorlog en Vrede, daar heb je veel meer aan.Zestien jaar later kwam dit boek dus pas weer uit de kast En voor de zekerheid begon i [...]

    21. I choose a Paul Theroux travel book when I expect to be short on reading time I can pick it up, read a leg of his journey and put it down again feeling like I ve been away on vacation Where better to dream a vacation than in a kayak, paddling in the south pacific It is not all Zen though There is danger in the water and on the land as well as pleasures beyond my imaginings I felt the paddler s trance , and the shock of nature s fury Imagine paddling in rough water but holding on fine, listening [...]

    22. Mr Theroux, an often sardonic observer of humanity, takes his readers along for a trip in a collapsible kayak through the Pacific islands He spends time touring New Zealand and Australia before beginning his paddling journey to places like Fiji, Samoa and Easter Island He pays attention to cultural moods and intricacies and often notices and brings to light the ever present absurdities Additionally, he is never afraid to ask the uncomfortable question, which makes him interchangeably admirable a [...]

    23. I ve been on a Paul Theroux kick not kicking Paul Theroux, as is some reviewers wont and I thought I d acknowledge my appreciation for his work with a review of this book, which is the first Theroux travelogue I encountered Frankly, I knew nothing about Polynesia and Melanesia, so I was as curious as Theroux undoubtedly was And who can t help but being initially captivated by tiny, nearly vertical islands surrounded by thousands of miles of ocean It s a fascinating journey Many of these islands [...]

    24. Los libros de Theroux no son una gu a tur stica, no buscan atraer otros visitantes al lugar Para eso, Lonely Planet Mucha gente ac se queja de que no viajar a con Theroux, pero no creo que Theeroux agradeciera la compa a, tampoco Este autor en un viajero solitario, que en realidad huye de su vida y que establece una relaci n cr tica con los lugares que visita No es un vacacionista ni un periodista de viajes No es rom ntico , trata de buscar la realidad tras la parafernalia tur stica, y se esfuer [...]

    25. My Theroux adventure continues Here our curmudgeonly narrator spent a year and a half visiting 51 islands in the Pacific Ocean, starting at Australia and NZ, going through all of Polynesia before ending up at Hawaii He went there to flee his marriage dissolving in London and that personal issue hangs over the story so than in his other travelogues It humanizes him, but in a limited way as Theroux talks of the event without really talking about it Still, an amazing trip, and I had my up multiple [...]

    26. I loved visiting all these islands with Mr Paul Theroux.I especially found the last few chapters interesting onthe 2 Hawaiian islands, that one hears so little about.I feel that P.T came to full circle as he feels the painful emotions of his failed relationship but thrua talk with David Lange, ex Prime Minister of NewZealand, one gets a sense that all that paddelingthe Pacific was a healing experience for our author, and that seeing how someone survived divorce, he, himself P.T is going to be ju [...]

    27. No one writes travel books like Paul Theroux No one has the imagination to pick the destinations and the means of travel as well as this author I have, to this point, shared rides on the transiberian railroad, the Orient Express, the Nile River, on ships in Lake Victoria and to Sri Lanka and now kayaks in Vanuatu, the Trobriands, New Zealand, and places like Leper Creek and White Grass Village Theroux is an intelligent pessimist that seems to see human nature as a half filled glass, but can reve [...]

    28. I always like to spend my travel time with the world s leading chronicler of assorted miseries, Paul Theroux, and the idea of the South Pacific has been quite appealing to me lately He finds things to love Hawaii, Easter Island, the Trobriands and a great deal to hate as well And when he hates, he often delivers a hell of a zinger that the Fijians, once cannibals, now wanted to push their Indian population out, like diners sending a meal back to the kitchen, for instance.But oftentimes, he s som [...]

    29. Paul Theroux travels to the islands of Oceania and paddles his collapsible kayak in many of them In the background, his divorce and the first gulf war.This is the second book I read by the author The first book, The Mosquito Coast, I found very interesting and inspiring The book includes allot of outdoors, camping, sea adventures, exotic scenery, people, history, references to famous people who lived in the islands and foreign culture There are allot of points of interest in the book and it does [...]

    30. Currently reading this book Theroux is extremely negative, cranky and unashamedly judgemental of the people of the many islands he has no real knowledge of but having said that, he does give many factual accounts of his travels and in this effect, as a reader you travel with him,sleep and think with him I am enjoying the travel times and somehow am curious to know I am recognising many descriptions although cringing with dismay and half disbelief that he has survived even with the negativity he [...]

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