Isles of the South Pacific Author:Maurice Shadbolt, Olaf Ruhen Drums throb under a canopy of palms. Bare feet echo the rhythm on a sandy shore. Laughter mingles with the constant murmur of the sea, and a million flowers beckon. — Discover this distant island world scattered across the vast reaches of the Pacific. Rich in imagery and description, and lavishly illustrated, the pages of this book capture the po... more »etry of the landscape - and the warmth and grace of the people. Two writers and a team of photographers share the excitement and adventure of their voyages in Isles of the South Pacific, weaving legend and reality and threads of history into a fabric that has the texture of life, the strength of storm-tested sails.
The islands cast a spell as you venture into the green depths of tropical rain forest in Fiji, glide across the placid waters of Bora Bora's lagoon, and gaze at sunny New Zealand meadows blanketed with snowy flocks of sheep. Walk the shaded streets of waterfront towns bright with vigorous people startling in their diversity. Marvel at the spectacle of ceremonies, mysterious and daring, surviving the centuries. Enjoy the spontaneous gaiety of village feasts. Meet planters and politicians, prophets and tribal chiefs, sea captains and sorcerers who create a glittering mosaic of island life.
For centuries these islands have been a sanctuary for romantics - a symbol of indolence. Today they embody change. Polynesians and Melanesians alike are shaping the heritage of myth and tradition to meet the challenges of the 20th century.
Maurice Shadbolt and Olaf Ruhen span great distances, traveling by jet and helicopter, copra boat and river punt. They share with the reader their impressions and experiences in these far-flung islands they know and love. More than 250 photographs chosen from thousands glow with color and re-create this opulent world. Together, text and pictures have produced a book that conveys the special enchantment of the the south seas - its achievements and its promise.« less