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In the South Seas by Robert Louis Stevenson

In the South Seas (1896)

by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Stevenson sailed in the south Pacific in the late 1880s. In the South Seas describes many of the islands he visited around this time. It is interesting to read about 19th century opinions and attitudes to the people of the South Seas, which can be shocking in places when read with modern eyes. In 1890 Stevenson and his wife Fanny bought a large tract of land in the Samoan island of Upolu where they lived until his death in 1894. His ability to describe the people, the land, and sailing conditions of what was at that time a remote, unfamiliar region, is unmatched. ( )
  VivienneR | Dec 10, 2014 |
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For nearly ten years my health had been declining; and for some while before I set forth upon my voyage, I believed I was come to the afterpiece of life, and had only the nurse and undertaker to expect.
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"The first experience can never be repeated. The first love, the first sunrise, the first South Sea island, are memories apart ..."

In the South Seas records Stevenson's travels with his wife Fanny and their family in the Marquesas, the Paumotus, and the Gilbert Islands during 1888-9. Originally drafted in journal form while Stevenson travelled, it was then ambitiously rewritten to describe the islands and islanders as well as Stevenson's own personal experiences. These revisions continued when Stevenson settled on the Samoan island where he died in 1894, and In the South Seas was published posthumously in 1896. Its combination of personal anecdote and historical account, of autobiography and anthropology, of Stevenson and South Sea islands, has a particular charm.

Neil Rennie, who provides in this Penguin Classics edition the first critically emended text, writes: "In the South Seas, for all its imperfections, is a classic of Pacific travel, the work of the best British writer to see the South Seas ... Stevenson had travelled far from Treasure Island."

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This book is an account of the author's experiences and observations in the Marquesas, Paumotus and Gilbert Islands.

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