Terrible longings

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April 2007, no. 290
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Strangers in the South Seas: The idea of the Pacific in western thought edited by Richard Lansdown

University of Hawai'i Press, $58.95 pb, 447 pp

Terrible longings

by
April 2007, no. 290

At the close of the twentieth century, in the tradition of countless Westerners before him, British travel writer Julian Evans travelled around the Pacific. At the Kwajalein atoll in the independent republic of the Marshall Islands, he found the resident US missile testing base to be efficient, clean and ‘tidy, quiet, ordinary: suburban trailer-park America at its best’. No Marshallese lived at Kwajalein, but 10,000 of them huddled on the small neighbouring island of Ebeye, whence they commuted to provide labour for the base. At Ebeye, nothing was ‘real nice’, as Evans described:

Kate Darian-Smith reviews 'Strangers in the South Seas: The idea of the Pacific in western thought' by Richard Lansdown

Strangers in the South Seas: The idea of the Pacific in western thought

edited by Richard Lansdown

University of Hawai'i Press, $58.95 pb, 447 pp

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