I’m trying to find ways to shorten my posts so that I will have time to write them.
Here is a brief review of Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before.
Easy to read, fun to know—
Captain Cook would stoutly go
Where few in Europe had set foot
To map it out (though others might loot).
Brilliant man with technical skills,
Cook regretted shootings and kills
Of men in Tahiti who had stolen their stuff—
Though here and elsewhere he’d had enough.
Islanders were people, to him and to Banks,
Disease and disruption? Oh, no—no thanks.
But this all happened upon sailors’ mixing
With friendly island women (even Banks wasn’t nixing).
The author glides smoothly from our era to that—
No awkward transitions or just adding fat.
I like it so much and am one third through—
The book was a deal, so I thought I’d tell you.
The greens and blues of South Pacific isles
Are so alluring, yet the writer whiles
Less time on scenery, more on the lore
But one shimmering passage, and I need no more.