Piracy, Turtles and Flying Foxes (Penguin Great Journeys)

Piracy Turtles and Flying Foxes Penguin Great Journeys Dampier s adventures and writing inspired both Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver s Travels but in his own right he was a remarkable observant and enjoyable writer whether on a woefully mishandl

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  • Title: Piracy, Turtles and Flying Foxes (Penguin Great Journeys)
  • Author: William Dampier
  • ISBN: 9780141025414
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dampier s 1651 1715 adventures and writing inspired both Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver s Travels, but in his own right he was a remarkable, observant and enjoyable writer whether on a woefully mishandled pirate raid in Spanish America or on a desperate journey to Sumatra in an open boat or on the habits of manatees or bats He also left the first description in EnglishDampier s 1651 1715 adventures and writing inspired both Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver s Travels, but in his own right he was a remarkable, observant and enjoyable writer whether on a woefully mishandled pirate raid in Spanish America or on a desperate journey to Sumatra in an open boat or on the habits of manatees or bats He also left the first description in English of the Aborigines of Australia thus initiating a painful, now three centuries long encounter between peoples on opposite sides of the world Great Journeys allows readers to travel both around the planet and back through the centuries but also back into ideas and worlds frightening, ruthless and cruel in different ways from our own.

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    1. In the late seventeenth century, William Dampier—explorer, privateer and amateur scientist extraordinaire—became the first person to circumnavigate the globe three times. He also penned a series of popular travelogues, which would come to influence Captain Cook and Lord Nelson, as well as a young Charles Darwin. Piracy, Turtles and Flying Foxes presents a highlight reel of Dampier's writings, including some of his more interesting biological and anthropological observations.Since I have a fo [...]

    2. Is he a hero? A pirate? Superman in 17th century dress? A scientist? William Dampier is a bit of all of these. Why anyone would leave the comforts of home and willingly submit to the trials he endured is way beyond me, but I did enjoy reading his accounts of traveling through Central America, the Philippines and the Spice Islands. In an age when a boat full of cloves could make you the equivalent of a dot com millionaire, I suppose his motivation was financial, but then he disarms you with wonde [...]

    3. Short excerpt chapters from William Dampier's A New Voyage Around the World, published 1697. Quite a well selected series of excerpts, covering a lot of ground - a bit of piracy, a lot on natural history (turtles, manatee, flying foxes, sucking-fishes (that's a noun)), some adventurous sea travel, and of course some geography.Very readable, and it moves from subject to subject quickly for those of limited attention span, like my review.

    4. Dampier was an unsuccessful pirate. He sailed around the world 3 times. First author to write a great travel adventure book in English. Good on ya Mate!I liked this book. It was full of peril and uncertainty. Dampier also has some nice descriptons of the natural and wildlife of the regions that he traveled.

    5. This is a booklet containing the excerpts of true adventures of William Dampier in the Carribean, the South-East Asia and New Holland (Australia). A fascinating read, much better than any of the pirate films I have ever seen!!!

    6. This book has a whole chapter just about manatees! Apparently sailors from seventeenth century Europe didn't REALLY know what manatees were like, but oh do they learn! They even learn enough to tell them apart from sea lions, and subsequently feel very proud of themselves. Well done, Dampier. You might make a naturalist of yourself yet!

    7. This is a fragment of what the foreword describes as 'the first great travel book in English'. Dampier provides an insight into the sort of men who set off on the high seas in the 17th century and accidentally discovered the world. He offers up a tale of apparently aimless zig-zagging in the company of ruthless men who led the lives of what, to all intents and purposes, were those of pirates. In the Caribbean and across central and south American they dragged themselves along coasts and through [...]

    8. This was all right, although it dotted about a bit. The thing with these little books is that they're supposedly excerpts about a choosen region, and there's a map to show you were they went. So this is south-east asia (Phillippines, Indonesia etc). Which do feature, but there's also a lot of the Carribean and central America - none of this is the fault of Dampier, but rather the people who compiled this book!This is about an English guy kind of bumbling about the world (late 1600s) - maybe the [...]

    9. It was quite a challenge to finish this book. Each chapter itself managed to catch my interest but after I finished one I had to take a break from that book. I especially loved the part after The Sucking-fish and when Dampier described the wildlife and all the edible fruits and how to catch a manatee. I also was impressed by the inhospitality of Australia at that time.

    10. An interesting read for those inclined. I found his description of the aboriginals of Australia quite funny!

    11. Startling to read about attitudes to native tribespeople who are either enemies or slaves and the animal kingdom which only serves as food or entertainment

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