ᰊ ῳ The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific library ⚮ Kindle By Paul Theroux ⚴ ᰊ ῳ The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific library ⚮ Kindle By Paul Theroux ⚴ Despite the euphoric title, Oceania as Theroux Riding the Iron Rooster experienced it was only occasionally a carefree paradise In the Trobriand Islands, celebrated by anthropologists for their supposed sexual freedom, the novelist and travel writer found prostitution and fear of rape Samoa struck him as noisy, vandalized, with American style conspicuous consumption The intrepid Theroux discussed world politics with the king of Tonga, encountered class consciousness in Honolulu, mingled with street gangs in Auckland, and lived in a bamboo hut in Vanuatu formerly New Hebrides , where he investigated a cargo cult and rumors of cannibalism In Australia he braved the Woop Woop remote outback to camp with Aborigines This exhilarating epic ranks with Theroux s best travel books It is full of disarming observations, high adventure and memorable characters rendered with keen irony First serial to New York Times Magazine BOMC featured alternate QPB alternate Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.The best selling author of My Secret History LJ 4 1 89 and Riding the Iron Rooster LJ 6 15 88 spent 18 months in a one man collapsible kayak exploring such exotic Pacific islands as New Zealand, Australia, the Soloman and Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti, Easter Island, and Hawaii Never a kind hearted chronicler of place, he sets out on this voyage in an especially dour mood, leaving behind a failed marriage and expecting to be diagnosed with cancer at any moment Soon after he escapes the crowded towns of Australia, however, he starts to lose some of his harsh edge and enjoy his travels, which ultimately heal him A brilliant storyteller with an eye for the absurd, Theroux takes the reader to little known places where time seems to have stood still and people lead simple lives totally unrelated to 20th century America Highly recommended for all libraries Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2 1 92 Lisa J Cochenet, Rhinelander Dist Lib., Wis.Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. 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