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Into the Blue - Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before (Paperback, New edition) Loot Price: R341 Discovery Miles 3 410
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Into the Blue - Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before (Paperback, New edition)

Tony Horwitz

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Shortly after dark on February 16th, 1779, a local holy man paddled his canoe up to His Majesty's sloop Resolution, at anchor off the coast of Hawaii. Under his arm was a package, which he unwrapped ceremoniously in the presence of the officers. The ship's Commander noted in his diary that the parcel contained 'a large piece of flesh which we soon saw to be human; it was clearly a part of the thigh, about 6 or 8 pounds in weight without any bone at all.' The officers were all the more appalled when they realized it was part of their skipper, the legendary Captain Cook. This disconsolate scene in the remote Pacific waters brought to an end one of the most extraordinary yet under-celebrated lives of exploration. Captain James Cook, the son of a Yorkshire farm labourer, became one of the giants of 18th-century discovery. His three epic journeys - between 1768 and 1779 - charted the Pacific Ocean and Antipodes for the first time. They encompassed Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, New Guinea and Indonesia, Alaska, Siberia, and even Easter Island. They were voyages beset with blood-curdling danger: on seas more turbulent than any other, and in lands teeming with hostile cannibal tribes. When in 1768 Cook embarked on his 170,000-mile voyage of exploration, one third of the world's map was still blank; but by the end of it, there remained relatively little to be discovered. Cook's crew touched every continent and every ocean. The word 'epic' hardly begins to describe the daunting nature of the achievement. In our world of fast danger-free travel it's impossible to comprehend the astonishing breadth and gravity of these hazardous journeys. We can only perhaps appreciate their significance, by observing their legacy in our own lives: asking how would our world be different had Captain Cook never lived at all? This key point is covered admirably in Tony Horwitz's book, as are questions of Cook's legacy in the lives of the Pacific's peoples. Horwitz tells the tale of James Cook's life and his achievements partly through first-hand retracing of his most important expeditions. This is the last word on the world and life of Captain Cook. Far from a dry historical narrative, it creates a razor-sharp picture of Georgian exploration. Heaped onto it are many more layers, ranging in scope from current political and cultural issues to minute observation of Cook's techniques, theories and thoughts. What Horwitz has created is not a work of history so much as a work of travel: and, with that I think that Captain Cook would have been very pleased indeed. Tahir Shah is the author of In Search of King Solomon's Mines (Kirkus UK)
Captain James Cook's three epic journeys between 1768 and 1779 and sailing some 170,000 miles were the last great voyages of discovery. Before Cook set off, one third of the world's map remained, simply, blank.  By the time he was done, there was little left to discover. Cook and his men were also among the first Europeans to encounter Pacific natives: Tahitian dancers, New Zealand cannibals, Hawaiian surfers, Australian Aborigines sealed off from the rest of the world for thousands of years.

Tony Horwitz vividly recounts these adventures, and revisits the lands and peoples Cook discovered to explore the captain’s legacy in today's Pacific. Horwitz also has exotic and often comic adventures of his own, on land and at sea, including a stint as a working sailor aboard a replica of Cook's tall ship, the Endeavour.

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‘Playful but never flippant, meticulously researched and occasionally moving, this is an unusual take on the legacy of an enigmatic captain … it remains a fresh and likeable attempt to boldly go where few biographers have gone before’ —Daily Telegraph

‘A fine piece of reporting … he vividly describes the horrors of climbing the masts to furl the sails, sleeping in a hammock, hauling on the anchor while the ship tosses and surges’ —Anthony Samson, Guardian

'A well-written travel book which weds levity of tone with gravity of purpose ... inquisitive and generous ... Horwitz is likeable: honest, hard-working at textual research, vivid, not facetious. He is reminiscent of Bill Bryson, revelling in farce, thriving on ironic contrast. And he does the leg-work' —TLS

‘Part travelogue, part biography, Into the Blue is an exhilarating journey in Cook’s wake … Horwitz, winner of America’s 1995 Pulitzer Prize for reporting, is an amiable but razor-eyed journalist whose research, excursions and insights bring to life the man who out-discovered Columbus’ —Financial Times

‘Tony Horwitz is doubtless an adventurer in life as well as landscapes. A seasoned American travel-writer and foreign correspondent, he describes his voyages in the wake of Captain Cook with worldliness and humour, so that this welcome and highly readable addition to the Cook bibliography can also be taken on its own terms as a travelogue … This is a fascinating read for all would-be adventurers. It’s well researched and serious but also hugely entertaining’ —Literary Review

'Thoroughly enjoyable. No writer has better captured the heroic enigma that was Captain James Cook than Tony Horwitz in this amiable and enthralling excursion around the Pacific' —Bill Bryson

'Horwitz's adventures pay illuminating tribute to the great navigator #151; to Captain Cook himself and to his intrepid eighteenth-century colleagues, including the improbably attractive Sir Joseph Banks. But most of all Into the Blue offers clear-eyed, vivid, and highly entertaining reassurance that there are still outlandish worlds to be discovered' —Caroline Alexander, author of The Endurance: Shackleton’s Lengendary Antarctic Expedition

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Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: October 2003
Authors: Tony Horwitz
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 36mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 466
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-7475-6455-3
Barcode: 9780747564553
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LSN: 0-7475-6455-8

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