Searching for Paradise: A Grand Tour of the World's Unspoiled Islands

  • Publish Date: 2002-01-02
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Thurston Clarke

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DELIGHTFUL . . . INQUISITIVE AND INTELLIGENT, THIS BOOK WILL TAKE YOU FAR AND OPEN YOUR EYES.
The Seattle Times

In a penetrating, brilliantly written book that weaves sociology, history, politics, personality, and ancient and popular culture into one compelling narrative, Thurston Clarke island-hops around the oceans of the world, searching for an explanation for the most enduring geographic love affair of all timebetween humankind and islands. Along the way Clarke visits the remote and silent Mas Tierra, the island off the coast of Chile that inspired Defoe to write Robinson Crusoe; sleepy, simple Campobello, the Canadian island where Franklin D. Roosevelt spent his boyhood summers; Jura in the Hebrides, where George Orwell wrote 1984. A stunning work of wit, adventure, and incisive exploration, Searching for Paradise brings a unique passion to dazzling life.

This enchanting hymn to our ceaseless fascination for islands and insularity is brilliant, quite without equal. Thurston Clarkes wisdom and sensitivity radiate from every page: he fills us with an inexplicable longing for the land and the people glimpsed above the cliff top, and through the grasses beyond the beach.
SIMON WINCHESTER
Author of The Professor and the Madman


An intelligent, passionate, absorbing book that manages to pull together the threads of history, myth, travelogue, personal reflection, and social commentary into a delightful narrative.
Toronto Globe and Mail

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