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Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 21. März 2008


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  • Taschenbuch: 480 Seiten
  • Verlag: Picador; Auflage: Revised. (21. März 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0312422601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312422608
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,4 x 21,1 cm
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Captain James Cook's three epic 18th-century explorations of the Pacific Ocean were the last of their kind, literally completing the map of the world. Yet despite his monumental discoveries, principally in the South Pacific, Cook the man has remained an enigma. In retracing key legs of the circumnavigator's journey, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Horwitz chronicles the cultural and environmental havoc wrought by the captain's opening of the unspoiled Pacific to the West, as well as the alternately indifferent and passionate reactions Cook's name evokes during the writer's journeys through Polynesia, Australia, the Aleutians, and the explorer's native England. Horwitz skillfully weaves a biography and travel narrative with warm humor that is natural and human-scale, and his restless inquisitiveness quickly infects the reader. While striking dichotomies abound throughout that journey--Maori toughs who adopt Nazi imagery to symbolize their own fight against white domination, millennia-old Polynesian sexual mores that would shame the Reeperbahn, a sense that Christianity decimated native cultures at least as effectively as Western venereal diseases did--few are more poignant than the ones that abound in Cook's own life. This fine work is an adventurous reminder that answers to historical riddles are elusive at best--and seldom as compelling as the myriad new questions they pose. --Jerry McCulley -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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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, author of In a Sunburned Country)

Tony Horwitz's Blue Latitudes is one of the best. . . full of humor. . . an elegant running account of Cook's exploits. (The New York Times Book Review (cover review))

A tour de force of evocative history, serious scholarship, and compelling writing. (The Washington Post)

Part Cook biography, part travelogue, and very much a stroke of genius. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Hilarious, brainy, and balanced. . . .A trip with Horwitz is as good as it gets. (The Charlotte Observer)

Tony Horwitz has done it again. . . Keen insight, open-mindedness and laugh-out-loud humor. (San Francisco Chronicle)

A staggering blend of historical research, character study, sociological analysis, and intriguing tales of travel. (The Boston Globe)

Curiosity, intelligence, compassion and a sense of adventure. . . I love reading Tony Horwitz. (Chicago Tribune)

Horwitz succeeds brilliantly in turning the English from stiff icons to flesh-and-blood human beings. The book's constant humor, honesty and judgment recall his own Confederates in the Attic and Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods.. . . This book will keep you enthralled. (The Seattle Time)

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Von Peer Sylvester TOP 1000 REZENSENT am 26. Mai 2014
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Bereits nach wenigen Seiten wusste ich, dass mir dieses Buch gefallen würde: Tony Horwitz wandelt auf den Spuren von Captain Cook, d,.h. er besucht die wichtigsten Orte und überlegt, was den berühmten Entdecker wohl angetrieben hat. Das Ergebnis ist halb Reisebericht, halb Geschichtsstunde, aber sehr unterhaltsam. Mich erinnern Stil und Aufbau des Buches an die Reisebücher von Bill Bryson und als Bryson-Fan ist das durchaus ein Kompliment! Dabei spannt Horwitz den Bogen recht weit: Vom Leben auf einem Segelschiff (er selbst segelt eine Woche auf einem Nachbau) über die Sicht der Eingeborene und der Hinterlassenschaft Cooks bis hin zur Frage warum die Eingeborene Cook in Hawaii umbrachten. Dabei befragt er sehr viele Leute und probiert vieles aus - so fliegt er nach Niue ohne etwas über die Insel zu wissen.
Einziger Wehrmutstropfen: Es liegt in der Natur der ache (viele, viele Pazifikinseln), dass sich das eine oder andere wiederholt. Das Australienkapitel fällt zudem klar ab, nicht zuletzt, weil alle Orte, die er besucht, sehr entäuschend sind.
Alles in allem aber ein sehr empfehlenswertes Buch!
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Ein wunderbar geschiebenes Buch von Hony Horwitz, wie er über Captain Cook schreibt und auch über eine Schiffsreise die er selber unternommen hat, um Captain Cooks Färten aufzuspüren. Es wird das Schicksaal vieler Seesleute beschrieben, die auf dem Schiff arbeiten und welche Probleme sie durchstehen. Das Buch bietet viel Information über Seefahrt und Captain Cook selber, welcher etwa um ein Viertel der Karte unserer Erde vervollständigt hat. Es ist aber ach ein Buch, dass viel Unterhaltung bietet und ein bisschen abenteuerlich ist. Von der Sprach her nicht ganz einfach aber auf keinen Fall so schwer wie ein Klassiker.
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Ein wunderbar geschiebenes Buch von Hony Horwitz, wie er über Captain Cook schreibt und auch über eine Schiffsreise die er selber unternommen hat, um Captain Cooks Färten aufzuspüren. Es wird das Schicksaal vieler Seesleute beschrieben, die auf dem Schiff arbeiten und welche Probleme sie durchstehen. Das Buch bietet viel Information über Seefahrt und Captain Cook selber, welcher etwa um ein Viertel der Karte unserer Erde vervollständigt hat. Es ist aber ach ein Buch, dass viel Unterhaltung bietet und ein bisschen abenteuerlich ist. Von der Sprach her nicht ganz einfach aber auf keinen Fall so schwer wie ein Klassiker.
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A sympathetic, multicultural, Capt. Cook. 23. September 2002
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Horwitz, who is a veteran in the travelogue/history genre, sets about to rescue Cook's threatened reputation from those who view him as the first "conquistordor" of the Pacific isles he alledgedly "discovered" in his three epic 18th century voyages. Horwitz, while giving ample voice to those inhabitants of these lands who look upon Cook as an unmitigated disaster for their peoples and cultures, and admitting the toxic influence of those Westerners who descended upon the Pacific in Cook's wake, potrays a much more liberal-minded explorer who appreciated the peoples and cultures he met and mingled with, more of an enlightenment figure than we have previously supposed. Indeed, Horwitz argues that one of the reasons that Cook is not celebrated or memorialized in Britain as lavishly as Nelson and Wellington, is that he was not a military hero, was more explorer than conqueror.
Horwitz pays Cook his due, pointing out the sheer difficulty and hardship of his navigations, and meanders around the Pacific in his steps, talking to all sorts of characters that he meets along the way, both about Cook, the past, and the present state of Pacific affairs. And for comic relief he brings along, quite by accident he tells us but one can't imagine making the trip without him, his Falstaffian pal Roger, with a bottle in both hands,and a jaundiced eye and bawdy quip when things threaten to get too serious. Fans of Horwitz, Cook, travel writing, or a yen for the Pacific isles will not be disappointed.
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"Hardly Even Comprehensible" 25. Oktober 2002
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For various reasons, there continues to be substantial interest in great explorers such as Earnest Shackleton, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Robert Falcon Scott, and James Cook. This the first of two books about Cook which I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed. (The other is Vanessa Collingridge's Captain Cook: A Legacy Under Fire.) They discuss a common subject but from different perspectives. I highly recommend both. According to Horwitz, Cook set out on various voyages (1768-1789) uncertain of eventual destinations and traveled more than 200,000 miles while dependent (by today's standards) on crude, indeed primitive navigation instruments but sustained by his superior seamanship skills. Of special interest to me is the fact that Horwitz traced many of the same voyages to Bora Bora, Australia, Savage Island, Tonga, Alaska, and Hawaii. He shares his own reactions to what these areas have become, most in sharp contrast to the "pure state of Nature" as Cook once described it. Horwitz's extensive research suggests that many of those whom Cook encountered correctly suspected (and feared) that their lives and communities would never be the same after Cook's "discovery" of them. Beyond the wealth of information this book provides, it is that rare achievement among works of nonfiction: a page-turner.
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An entertaining sampling of Cook for the non-historian 29. Oktober 2002
Von Tim Whelan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Tony Horwitz spends a year and a half visiting many of the places Captain Cook visited from 1768 - 1779. The book culminates with Cook's violent death in modern day Hawaii.
The book alternates back and forth between Cook's 18th century experience and Mr. Horwitz's modern day travels. Horwitz does an excellent job of interpreting the various sources available and giving an account that the historical layperson can relate to. Key characters include the author, Cook, the colorful Joseph Banks (the Endevour's Botanist) and Horowitz's even more colorful traveling companion Roger Williamson. Horwitz paints a picture of Cook as an austere, yet fair man-seemingly driven to the edges of the earth. As driven as Cook is to explore the world, Banks is driven to explore the anatomies of females from different Polynesian cultures. Roger is mainly content to explore the bottle and make wisecracks about Horwitz's adventure. If you think Blue Latitudes sounds like a dry historical piece, you're sorely mistaken. Any potential dryness is quickly quenched by Horwitz's wit, Banks's "botanizing" and Roger's boozing.
Much to my wife's amusement I found myself laughing out loud many times while reading Blue Latitudes. Despite that, I found myself strangely moved after reading the account of Cook's death. While the consequences of Cook's voyages are complex, you cannot help but feel a great admiration for this man who started with so little yet went so far. Great book, highly recommended.
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Horwitz, Out of the "Attic" 3. Oktober 2002
Von Brian D. Rubendall - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Tony Horwitz had a tough task in following up his massively successful "Confederate in the Attic." Give him credit, "Blue Latitudes" certainly is no quickie effort to cash in on Horwitz's now-famous name. Instead, the author travelled tens of thousands of miles researching the legacy of Captain James Cook, arguably the greatest of all European explorers. Like "Attic" the book is part history, part travelogue and part social commentary. Horwitz includes mnay more historical information this time out, most likely because far fewer readers are intimately familiar with Cook's voyages than the Civil War.
Horwitz starts his journey by sailing on a replica of Cook's first ship Endurance to get a feel for 18th Century shipboard life. He then spends most of the remaining time traipsing around the Pacific with his Australian friend Roger, who provides the same kind of narrative counterpoint as Robert Lee Hodge did in "Attic." Horwitz documents the changes that have occurred in Oceania because of Cook's "discoveries" and interviews numerous islanders to find out how they feel about Cook's legacy. The results are often surprising and enlighteneing.
Having said all of that, "Blue Latitudes" is not a classic on the order of "Attic." The narrative is a lengthy at nearly 450 pages and is sluggish at times. Companion Roger is not nearly as interesting a character as was Hodge and the moments of uproarious humor that made "Attic" so entertaining are mostly missing this time out. Nevertheless, "Blue Latitudes" is still a well-written and worthwhile read for those with an interest in the subject matter.
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"Ambition leads me as far as I think possible for man to go" 27. Oktober 2002
Von Mary Whipple - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In three epic journeys, from 1768 to his death in Hawaii in 1779, Captain James Cook charted most of the south Pacific, the coast of Alaska, and parts of Antarctica, claiming much of it in the name of the king. Despite the fact that he covered 200,000 miles, "explored more of the earth's surface than anyone in history," and redrew the map of the world, Cook remains a relatively obscure historical figure, even in his native land, and is the subject of legend, much of it fanciful, in the places he charted. In celebrating Cook's achievements, analyzing the man and his values, and evaluating his influence, Horwitz attempts to put Cook's discoveries into their rightful perspective.

Accompanied by Roger Williamson, an Aussie free spirit dedicated to wine, women, and fun, author Horwitz travels to those places "discovered" by Captain Cook, describing Cook's reception by indigenous cultures, and observing the cultures as they exist today--in virtually all cases, despoiled by contact with the "civilized" world. Tahiti, Bora Bora, New Zealand, Australia, Tonga, the Aleutian Islands, and Hawaii, before and after western contact, are presented in detail, using Capt. Cook's own journals, the journals of naturalist Joseph Banks (who accompanied him on his important first voyage), drawings by Cook's artists, and the research of Cook biographer John Beaglehole to establish the pre-contact cultures. Horwitz's personal observations, interviews with local inhabitants, and on-site research assess the lasting effects.

Cook becomes accessible as a personality because of his friendship with Banks, who often served as his sounding board, and, it appears, loosened him up a bit. Naturally expansive and enthusiastic, and uninhibited by responsibilities and the sense of morality which seemed to dominate Cook, Banks serves as a foil to Cook. While Cook conscientiously records the contours of islands, Banks is far more interested in getting to know the local residents. Horwitz's friend Williamson, on the trip primarily for fun, not scholarship, serves the same purpose in Horwitz's book, creating humorous diversions both for Horwitz and the reader and spicing up Horwitz's serious research.

Fascinating as a biography of the complex Capt. Cook, as a lively record of the age of exploration, as a modern adventure to "romantic" south Pacific islands, and as research on cultural anthropology, this is an exhilarating and fast-paced narrative, one which will reward careful reading and cause the reader to examine the dubious results of "civilization." Horwitz obviously enjoyed his research, and the reader will, too, however vicariously. Mary Whipple
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