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Hunt for the Southern Continent (Great Journeys)

by James Cook

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I think I am right in saying that the journals of Captain James Cook,from which this abridgment is taken,ran into four thick volumes. Given that this slim 216 page book of necessity leaves so much out,it still makes for a very interesting read,and would certainly make one search out the larger and more detailed work.It covers the voyages which he made into the Antarctic and also to Easter Island ,Tonga and Tahiti. Because you are reading Cook's actual Journal,the whole experience becomes that much more exciting,because believe me,that man could write really well. ( )
  devenish | Dec 29, 2008 |
On the second of his three great voyages, James Cook (1728-1779) took on the most frightening of all his challenges - to travel as far south as possible, to regions never before explored, in the hope of finding a new great continent which could be settled by the British. He found the continent - but it was horrifically different from what had been hoped for.
  antimuzak | Feb 20, 2007 |
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Wednesday 24th. At 4 o'Clock in the Morning we unmoored with an intent to put to Sea, but the wind being Northerly or NE without and blew in strong pufs into the Cove so that we were obliged to lay fast.
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'Great journeys' allows readers to travel both around the planet and back through the centuries and into ideas and worlds frightening, ruthless and cruel in different ways from our own. It contains accounts from writers who saw astounding things such as walls of ice, violent and implacable jungles, deserts and mountains, and much more.… (more)

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