The Navigator Author:Morris West All of us, at some time or another, dream of escaping from today's threatening world. Most of us never do. But for the edventurous spirit, hero or misfit, there is still the challenge of distant places, dangerous enterprises, new beginnings. — The Navigator is he story of one man and his companions who set out on such a quest to find the alst unk... more »nown place on earth.
Gunnar Thorkild, the central figure of the novel, is a character of complex, heroic dimension, He is half-Polynesian, half-European, grandson of a great Polynesian navigator, inheritor of two thousand years of Pacific legend. He is also a dedicated scholar wh teaches at the University of Hawaii.
His colleagues discredit him and refuse him promotion when he publishes a paper claiming that in the vast, empty spaces of the Pacific there exists a mysterious, lost island known only to the great chiefs and navigators of the Polynesian people. His own grandfather, when his time comes, will go there to die. Scorned by the academic world, Thorkild has only two choices: live as a shamed scholar or prove that this island exists.« less