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Serpent in Paradise

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Lost in the surf of the South Pacific lies a speck of volcanic rock. Home to thirty-eight islanders — descendants of the Bounty mutineers — Pitcairn has no cars, no crime, no doctor, and no regular contact with the outside world. For two centuries, "Fletcher Christian's children," whose culture and language are a bizarre blend of Polynesian and eighteenth-century English, have lived out a unique social experiment.

Acclaimed British travel writer and journalist Dea Birkett, obsessed like many with the island's image as a secluded Eden and its connection to the mysterious and intriguing Bounty legend, traveled across the Pacific on a cargo ship and became one of the very few outsiders permitted to land on Pitcairn. Although the islanders initially seemed welcoming, they soon wove her into a web of decades-old disputes and thwarted desires. With no means of escape, Birkett's adventure to the other side of nowhere at last became a kind of prison. The story of one woman's pursuit of an elusive dream, Serpent in Paradise is a compelling, sharply observed account of the darker side of Utopia.

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"Birkett's wryly, sometimes wickedly observant commentary drives this entertaining account....A rare and instructive work". Kirkus Reviews

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"A memorable novelistic portrait of ordinary people living in extraordinary circumstances". Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity

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"Reads with the momentum of a narrative proceeding at an increasing pace towards inevitable disaster. It mixes acute anthropology with historical exegesis and personal confession...Reading it is an uneasy experience". The Independent (London)

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"A fearful adventure into the unknown." Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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"[A] fine storyteller's update of the Bounty history and her affecting report on what could be the loneliest place on earth to live." Washington Times

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"Great escape literature...fascinating." Minneapolis Star Tribune

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"Intelligent, engrossing...like a tightly constructed thriller." New York Times

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385488716
Author:
Birkett, Dea
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Australia & Oceania
Subject:
Australia/Oceania - South Pacific
Subject:
Oceania
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Anoxemia
Subject:
Pitcairn Island
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
103-226
Publication Date:
19980831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
324
Dimensions:
8 x 5.17 x .63 in .725 lb

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Product details 324 pages Anchor Books/Doubleday - English 9780385488716 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Birkett's wryly, sometimes wickedly observant commentary drives this entertaining account....A rare and instructive work".
"Review" by , "A memorable novelistic portrait of ordinary people living in extraordinary circumstances".
"Review" by , "Reads with the momentum of a narrative proceeding at an increasing pace towards inevitable disaster. It mixes acute anthropology with historical exegesis and personal confession...Reading it is an uneasy experience".
"Review" by , "A fearful adventure into the unknown."
"Review" by , "[A] fine storyteller's update of the Bounty history and her affecting report on what could be the loneliest place on earth to live."
"Review" by , "Great escape literature...fascinating."
"Review" by , "Intelligent, engrossing...like a tightly constructed thriller."
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