Happy Isles of Oceania Paddling the Pacific

ISBN-10: 061865898X

ISBN-13: 9780618658985

Edition: 2006

Authors: Paul Theroux

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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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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/8/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Paul Edward Theroux was born on April 10, 1941 in Medford, Massachusetts and is an acclaimed travel writer. After attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst he joined the Peace Corps and taught in Malawi from 1963 to 1965. He also taught in Uganda at Makerere University and in Singapore at the University of Singapore. Although Theroux has also written travel books in general and about various modes of transport, his name is synonymous with the literature of train travel. Theroux's 1975 best-seller, The Great Railway Bazaar, takes the reader through Asia, while his second book about train travel, The Old Patagonian Express (1979), describes his trip from Boston to the tip of South America. His third contribution to the railway travel genre, Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China, won the Thomas Cook Prize for best literary travel book in 1989. His literary output also includes novels, books for children, short stories, articles, and poetry. His novels include Picture Palace (1978), which won the Whitbread Award and The Mosquito Coast (1981), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Theroux is a fellow of both the British Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographic Society. His title Lower River made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

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Walkabout in Woop Woop
North of the Never-Never
Buoyant in the Peaceful Trobriands
Aground in the Troubled Trobriands
The Solomons: Down and Dirty in Guadalcanal
The Solomons: In the Egg Fields of Savo Island
Vanuatu: Cannibals and Missionaries
The Oddest Island in Vanuatu
Fiji: The Divided Island of Viti Levu
Fiji: Vanua Levu and the Islets of Bligh Water
Tonga: The Royal Island of Tongatapu
Tonga: Alone on the Desert Islands of Vava'u
In the Backwaters of Western Samoa
American Samoa: The Littered Lagoon
Tahiti: The Windward Shore of the Island of Love
A Voyage to the Marquesas
The Cook Islands: In the Lagoon of Aitutaki
Easter Island: Beyond the Surf Zone of Rapa Nui
Easter Island: The Old Canoe Ramp at Tongariki
O'ahu: Open Espionage in Honolulu
Kaua'i: Following the Dolphins on the Na Pali Coast
Ni'ihau and Lana'i: Some Men Are Islands
The Big Island: Paddling in the State of Grace
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