Il Cimitero del Batavia. Una storia di naufragio, follia e morte nei mari del Sud

Il Cimitero del Batavia Una storia di naufragio follia e morte nei mari del Sud l autunno del e il Batavia imponente mercantile della Compagnia delle Indie Orientali salpa da Amsterdam carico di oro argento e pietre preziose verso gli insediamenti commerciali olandesi sul

  • Title: Il Cimitero del Batavia. Una storia di naufragio, follia e morte nei mari del Sud
  • Author: Mike Dash Roberta Zuppet Daniele Didero
  • ISBN: 9788817871365
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Hardcover
  • l autunno del 1628 e il Batavia, imponente mercantile della Compagnia delle Indie Orientali, salpa da Amsterdam carico di oro, argento e pietre preziose verso gli insediamenti commerciali olandesi sull isola di Giava A bordo ci sono pi di trecento persone tra marinai, mercanti, soldati e civili.Dopo oltre sette mesi di navigazione, all alba del 4 giugno 1629, la nave s l autunno del 1628 e il Batavia, imponente mercantile della Compagnia delle Indie Orientali, salpa da Amsterdam carico di oro, argento e pietre preziose verso gli insediamenti commerciali olandesi sull isola di Giava A bordo ci sono pi di trecento persone tra marinai, mercanti, soldati e civili.Dopo oltre sette mesi di navigazione, all alba del 4 giugno 1629, la nave si arena improvvisamente sulla barriera corallina di un atollo, al largo dell Australia Mentre il comandante ammaina una scialuppa per andare in cerca di aiuto, sul Batavia scoppia la rivolta Principale attore dell ammutinamento Jeronimus Cornelisz, uno psicopatico dall indiscutibile carisma, pi malvagio di quanto sarebbe stato se si fosse tramutato in un animale dalle sembianze di tigre , appartenente a una cupa setta eretica Gli eventi precipitano in modo rovinoso e irreversibile disperdendo i naufraghi nelle numerose isolette circostanti, gli ammutinati del Batavia uccidono in maniera spietata e furiosa pi di centoventi persone, spalleggiati da un tribunale fittizio che giustifica torture ed esecuzioni In questo folle regime del terrore, un vero e proprio inferno in terra, l isola viene ribattezzata Cimitero del Batavia.Sullo sfondo dell Olanda del Seicento, gi felicemente raccontata nella Febbre dei tulipani, Mike Dash d vita ai sogni, agli incubi e alla crudele realt dei viaggi d oltremare Ne risulta una straordinaria avventura, minuziosamente documentata e ricca di sconvolgenti risvolti psicologici fin dove pu spingersi la natura umana Che cosa pu scatenare certe dinamiche di gruppo Quanto pu essere forte l istinto di sopravvivenza Tra follia e avidit , deliri religiosi e insanguinati episodi di pirateria, Il Cimitero del Batavia ci trascina dentro le viscere oscure dell orrore fino a un epilogo liberatorio di salvezza e di giustizia.

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    1. Where to begin.Non-fiction story of a shipwreck. A Dutch East India company ship carrying over 300 people, chests of silver coins and the prefabricated gateway to the fort at Batavia (Jakarta) ran aground on a coral reef 50 miles west of Australia. Most of those onboard survived. Only after they disembarked on Houtman's Abrolhos, a misery inducing collection of low coral islands did it all start to get much worse, eventually very few manage to survive and make it to the Dutch East Indies and not [...]

    2. "We have just come out of such a sorrow that the mind is still a little confused." -- Gijsbert Bastiaensz*****Commerce. Psychopaths.What do the two have in common? If I were asked that before I read this book, I’d be glib and respond with something like “trajectory.” But no. I’ve learned it’s something called antinomianism.If you don’t know what that means, don’t get discouraged. I didn’t either. Not right away, at least. Oh, I’m sure I’d read it before somewhere, probably ye [...]

    3. Batavia's Graveyard what a name for a book! I could not resist picking this book up as soon as I saw it and I am so happy that I did. It was one of the best historical tales I have read for some time. Being an Australian I knew something of the Batavia but not the full story. In fact I had examined in detail the re-constructed Batavia at the Maritime Museum in Sydney. I walked through the ship, checking out every nook and cranny on the upper and lower decks. However that was way before I read th [...]

    4. After reading this book, I think that under favorable circumstances, height of human cruelty could far surpass the physical height of Olympus Mons. Twice. Because if not for the hyperinflation and the Versailles treaty, Adolf Hitler would have been a shitty painter and Hermann Göring would have been an exceptionally shitty ballet dancer. But I never felt more confident about my assumptions (although they were derived after many complicated calculations and permutations) until I read Mike Dash's [...]

    5. read 2/04/2004If you are planning on reading this, let me give you a heads up. What's between the covers of this book is NOT for the squeamishI thought the story of the wreck of the Essex was bad but this takes the cake.Batavia's Graveyard was the name given to a small island off the western coast of Australia, now known as Beacon Island. I first became aware of this story, which is true, through a wonderful program on the History Channel about recent finds on that island by archaeologists hopin [...]

    6. There's no point telling what the book is about, because the whole thing is too unlikely. But the Spouse saw a documentary on the subject, which was excellent, and my response to hearing about a great narrative is always to read a book. And then, there's nothing like reading about a shipwreck to put your own troubles into perspective.So, seventeenth-century shipwreck off the coast of Australia turns into a scenario that makes Lord of the Flies look civilized. Read it because Dash gives you enoug [...]

    7. Fascinating true account of the mutiny, shipwreck on what is now known as Beacon Island near Australia and subsequent blood-filled killings. This involved a Dutch East India [VOC] shipBataviaon its way to Java in the 17th century. The mutiny was led by a half-crazed charismatic ship's officer with horrendous results. Conditions on shipboard as described were terrible. The epilogue described present-day archeological expeditions that found the results. The author researched very well, with both e [...]

    8. Not even the most sanguine of Shakespeare’s plays or the goriest of Ancient Greek dramas can match the horror of this true life tale. Mike Dash vividly retells the story of a 17th Century Dutch East Indiaman’s collision with a coral reef off the west coast of Australia. Unbeknownst to most of the 270 passengers aboard the ship, a psychopath of high rank survived the crash. It was he, Jeronimus Cornelisz, a failed apothecary from Haarlem in the Netherlands, who eventually was responsible for [...]

    9. A very interesting book on the sinking and mutiny on the Dutch East India company ship the Batavia in the 17th century.The result was murder, destruction, and the first known Europeans in Australia.Fascinating, horrifying, and compelling in equal measures.Highly recommended.

    10. Interesting story, but it suffers considerably from its author's propensity to wander off on tangents.My impression of about half of the book:"Finally, the governor-general was ready to deliver his sentence. Legal records show that there was one additional mutineer at the questioning, about whom all we know is that he had two missing teeth. Missing teeth were very common among 17th-century sailors, especially lower-ranking ones, who could have lost their teeth in many ways. Missing teeth would h [...]

    11. Brilliant. The historical detail was fascinating and the human drama mesmerizing. I understand why Simon Leys felt there was nothing more to say after this book. Thanks, Carol! Besides the account of the horrifying shipwreck and mutiny, there's a mass of detail about life in 17th century Holland, the growth of Amsterdam into a city, history of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), shipbuilding and so on, but it was never boring or dry. Mind you, I do have a soft spot for Dutch history and travel l [...]

    12. If I ever wonder what life was like on a seventeenth century ship bound for the Far East, then this is the book to consult. Serious history, but written to be read instead of consulted, Batavia's Graveyard makes a time, a place and a cast of characters come alive off the page. The story, as it unfolds, becomes harrowing and somewhat depressing, as a community of shipwrecked survivors descend into a true life "Lord of the Flies". It's also a gripping narrative, and could as easily slot into a "Tr [...]

    13. On its maiden voyage, the Batavia crashed into shallow waters and the passengers had to take smaller boats to an island in order to survive. What ensued was no less than an adult Lord of the Flies. What happens when you are short on resources? You start killing. Those who seized control killed people for the smallest infractions. It didn't matter if you were a man, woman, or baby. Once the killers got a taste of killing, they started killing just for the hell of it. I am glad I now know this sto [...]

    14. A School for SociopathsWhen the Dutch merchant ship Batavia ran aground on a barren coral atoll off the northwest coast of Australia in 16629, the passengers and crew found themselves in a near hopeless plight, with scant water and little hope of rescue. What sets this shipwreck tale apart is not the depiction of the harrowing conditions that followed, although harrowing they were, but of the survivors' "Lord of the Flies"-esque descent into savagery, led by a psychopathic Svengali figure, one J [...]

    15. I knew nothing of this episode, and while I do know a lot about it now, it's obvious there's actually little to knowParadoxical perhaps, but there you go.This is typically a great story that has little more than itself to give, and reading Dash's book, that's exactly how it comes across: a lot of padding to reach a decent size, a lot of hypothetical sentences, a lot of hedging ('It might be that'; 'Perhaps he then felt that'; 'We can imagine what he thought'). It's not entirely the writer's faul [...]

    16. This is the third nonfiction "shipwreck" type book I've read recently and it was my least favorite. Sometimes the super foreign names were hard to follow (and I speak German, which is somewhat close to Dutch) and I never was able to care about any of the characters. I think the fault may have lay in the sheer number of people who were involved in this story, far more than in The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty and In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of t [...]

    17. Definitely not for the squeamish.By far one of the best books I've read so far this year, I was completely engrossed by this horrific tale of mutiny from the first page. Dash shows immense skill in not just writing the true story of a select (and *extremely* bloody) incident in history, but simultaneously weaving into the narrative an examination of life in the Dutch Republic in the 17th century. As stated by other reviewers, this is history meant to be read, not consulted, but the obvious depth [...]

    18. Quite a fasinating study of the times, human nature, and a horrorific event. The backstory is filled with interesting histories involving post reformation Europe, the age of sail, and the beginnings of the great trading companies of the time. Dash does an excellent job of not embellishing the story. He goes to great lengths to investigate the backgrounds of the key characters involved to determine possible reasons for their motives. A very well researched true story. I would recommend this book [...]

    19. Mid 4. This historical account of the fatal voyage of the Dutch merchant ship Batavia in 1629 has far more to offer the reader. Dash provides a detailed and greatly illustrative background to the protagonists and the Dutch East India Company, which also serves to equip the reader with an in-depth snapshot of the Dutch and colonial societies of the time. The account opens with the compelling story of the ship's disastrous running aground on an unexplored chain of coral islands off the western coa [...]

    20. Readers may be interested to discover that William Golding's celebrated "Lord of the Flies" shares certain strong parallels with actual events from early modern history, although the true story was far more brutal than Golding's fictional tale."Batavia's Graveyard" is a fascinating historical account of the tragedies surrounding the fateful maiden voyage of the Dutch East India Company's ship "Batavia." Author Mike Dash's writing style is captivating, and from the first page of the prologue his [...]

    21. My review is less a review of the book, and more of a "reader's guide" to some of the other reviews by members. Having said that, I was riveted by the story itself and the way it unfolded, from many points of view: historical, archaeological, psychological and narrative. I think the author should be commended for his thoroughness - he adds detail that provides context, not just more "facts." This is how it should be done, and for an example of how NOT to do it - see my review of THE WITCHES by [...]

    22. Ce livre aurait pu passer pour un roman d'aventures bien mené et bien documenté, un peu glauque, certes, mais entraînant et riche. Sauf que d'emblée l'auteur nous met au parfum: "Ce récit ne contient aucun élément purement imaginaire".Voilà, c'est une histoire vraie, et une histoire vraiment horrible, et vraiment bien écrite aussi.Bien plus que le récit d'un naufrage et de ses suites pour les survivants, c'est un témoignage sur la société hollandaise du XVIIème siècle, les atrocit [...]

    23. Very interesting, but incredibly sad and gory story about mutiny aboard a Dutch East India Company ship, the Batavia, headed from the Netherlands to Java. One of the officers on board develops a plan to take over the ship and become a pirate to further his own wealth. However, before he can put his plan into motion, the ship runs aground near some tiny islands off the west coast of Australia. The officer, Jeronimus Cornelisz, carried out his plans of mutiny among those stranded on these islands, [...]

    24. I greatly enjoyed this addictive book. Survival situations tend to rapidly bring out the best or the worst in people. This historical account provides an insightful, sometimes gut-wrenching look into human nature. There are several principle "leaders" in the book: one good, two evil, one not as good as he maybe thought he was. There are also many "followers". It is interesting to contemplate how easily a group of people can be swayed depending on their leader, and to consider the effects that a [...]

    25. This is the second book I have read about the Batavia. This stayed a lot closer to the known facts and reported the source material. It is broader than the other book I read about the Batavia – giving a more full account of life working for the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century. Whilst different I enjoyed this book every bit as much as the first.It is such compelling, enthralling, story, and if it was not true you would not believe it. I am looking forward to the Russell Crowe movie [...]

    26. Finished in November. Mike Dash is brilliant at finding macabre tales then filling in the historical context. In putting narriative in the forefront he weaves historical epics which, while covering the era competently, put evocative story telling front and centre. This is not the dusty old history of Lord Acton and his cohort.As such Mr Dash writes on the early days of Dutch East Indies trade, the heretical Anabaptists, and early contact with Australia via the tale of psychopathic heretic Jeroni [...]

    27. I've read a few of these books. IN THE HEART OF THE SEA and ASTORIA, I think I gave 5 stars.This one is nowhere close to that level.I read another one about a boat being trapped in ice while trying to sail to the North Pole (I think I gave that one 3 stars).This one was OK, I just never got over the hump and really got into it. It was 14 hours. I would have preferred about 7 hours. Great story (and one I wasn't familiar with), but I didn't think there was enough there to merit the length of the [...]

    28. This is one of those "better than fiction" books. On the one hand it tells the story of the survivors of the Batavia, a Dutch East Indiaman that runs aground somewhere near the coast of Australia, and yet it also gives a fascianating account of life in seventeenth century Netherlands, the Dutch East India Company, life on an East Indiaman, and conditions on the Islands of the East Indies for Dutch colonists at the time. I'm fascinated by books on the Age of Discovery and this one is sort of a tw [...]

    29. Very well written and researched. Mike Dash's ability to bring coherence to a chaotic time and to really make characters come alive make this book one worth reading for anyone interested in maritime history, shipwrecks, survival, Dutch history, and the Dutch East Indies Company. The travails of the survivors of Batavia's wreck were not limited to thirst, starvation, illness, and bad weather (stranded on a series of coral islets and reefs) but also included dealing with a psychopathic mutineer an [...]

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