South Sea Foam

South Sea Foam

Author: A. Safroni-Middleton

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 9781596058453

Category: Travel

Page: 352

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When dusk came and I heard the tribal drums beating the stars in far away up in the forest villages, I thought, Here at least I shall find rest from the hot-footed turbulency of civilized humanity; here I can dwell ! beneath the Eden-like shades of feathery palms, and listen to the wind-blown melodies as they come in from the sea and run across the island trees. I revelled in such like thoughts. I felt that I had come across a pagan world where no more should I hear servile mumblings of a conventional people. I would peer into savage bright eyes and listen to the poetic lore of people who worshipped at the shrine of the stars and counted their days by the fading moons.... -from "Chapter I: Samoa: First Impressions" Subtitled "The Romantic Adventures of a Modern Don Quixote in the Southern Seas," this charming 1919 work chronicles not only a journeys through the islands by one young man full of the "ardent, adventurous spirit of youth," it's also a fascinating resource on Polynesian gods and goddesses, myths and legends as seen through the eyes of a Westerner. Sharing the stories of the distant past and the unparalleled experiences of his own that he collected on his voyages, the author weaves an enchanting tale-and a mostly true one, he assures us-of a tropical paradise just as it was on the verge of being subsumed by Western culture. OF INTEREST TO: armchair travelers, amateur anthropologists, readers of crosscultural studies AUTHOR BIO: British author, composer, and playwright ARNOLD SAFRONI-MIDDLETON (b. 1873) wrote numerous books of travel adventure, including Sailor and Beachcomber: Confessions of a Life at Sea, in Australia and Amid the Islands of the Pacific (1915), Sestrina: A Romance of the South Seas (1921), and Tropic Shadows (1927).
South Sea Foam
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: A. Safroni-Middleton
Categories: Travel
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006-06-01 - Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

When dusk came and I heard the tribal drums beating the stars in far away up in the forest villages, I thought, Here at least I shall find rest from the hot-footed turbulency of civilized humanity; here I can dwell ! beneath the Eden-like shades of feathery palms, and listen
South Sea Foam
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: A. Safroni-Middleton
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-10-11 - Publisher: Forgotten Books

Excerpt from South Sea Foam: The Romantic Adventures of a Modern Don Quixote in the Southern Seas The Polynesians believed that their great ancestors were metamorphosed into stars in this belief there is something of the Egyptian and Hellenic touch. There are many star-legends concerning the origin of the conspicuous
South Sea Foam
Language: en
Pages: 274
Authors: A. Safroni-Middleton
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-10 - Publisher:

The romantic adventures of a modern Don Quixote in the southern seas
South Sea Foam: the Romantic Adventures of a Modern Don Quixote in the Southern Seas
Language: en
Pages: 284
Authors: Arnold Safroni MIDDLETON
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 1919 - Publisher:

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