A chance meeting on the muddy foreshore of the Thames River launched Kevin Rushby on a voyage to rediscover the lost pirate settlements that once dotted the islands and atolls of the Indian Ocean. Hitching rides on a motley assortment of freighters, dhows, yachts, and fishing smacks, Rushby sailed up the east coast of Africa, then turned east to the islands of Comoros andA chance meeting on the muddy foreshore of the Thames River launched Kevin Rushby on a voyage to rediscover the lost pirate settlements that once dotted the islands and atolls of the Indian Ocean. Hitching rides on a motley assortment of freighters, dhows, yachts, and fishing smacks, Rushby sailed up the east coast of Africa, then turned east to the islands of Comoros and Madagascar, his ultimate objective being to locate the descendants of the infamous sixteenth-century pirates—such as Captain Misson, the legendary French pirate who may have been dreamed up by Daniel Defoe; English sailor-turnedbuccaneer Thomas White; and Rhode Islander Thomas Tew—who carved kingdoms for themselves in the remote jungles of northeast Madagascar. As he traveled, Rushby met up with the crackpot dreamers, the tough settlers, the fighters and the failures, who live on the coasts and islands now. His is a romantic story in the old-fashioned sense of the word, full of adventure and colorful incident: voyages to islands where forgotten Portuguese forts lie covered in jungle, where some have tried to shoot their way to paradise, and where the ocean can destroy lives and dreams as quickly as men and women create them....
|Title||:||Hunting Pirate Heaven: In Search of the Lost Pirate Utopias of the Indian Ocean|
|Number of Pages||:||294 Pages|
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Hunting Pirate Heaven: In Search of the Lost Pirate Utopias of the Indian Ocean Reviews
If one picks up this title hoping for emphasis on the places the most notorious Indian Ocean pirates haunted (in Mozambique, Madagascar and the Comoros) one will be disappointed. Rushby doesn't spend very much time at all on this material. The book is better read as a travel yarn focused on the author's improbable trek through beastly backwaters, seedy towns, and dangerous back alleys, and in the company of a very unusual group of residents and travellers. These are not the places most sensible people would wish to visit! It's an interesting crawl, but not at all the one I expected or sought.
I was hoping for a little more humor in Hunting Pirate Heaven - there was some there, but I had pictured a Bryson-esque travelogue. (Hmmm, mentioned Bill Bryson again. Wonder if he's writing anything.) Anyway, Kevin Rushby travels the east coast of Africa and Madagascar searching for remnants of pirate havens. He does find a few, but this is mostly the story of his trip and some of the people he met along the way. Enjoyable book, but not quite what I expected.
The pirate theme is sort of an afterthought, but the travel diary in southeastern Africa is adventurous, beautiful, messy, and inspirational. Seems a little too cool, the characters a little too scripted and formulaic (verging into stock: like the captain who semi-threatened to kill them and dump them over the side, or the laconic and angry German hotel owners), but a compelling and old-schooly travel read.
This is a good travelogue of Rushby's trip -- mostly by boat -- up the coast of Mozambique, and across to the Comoros and then Madagascar. However, the history of "pirates utopias" in these areas that he has added seems artificially jammed in. I felt a bit tricked by the title.
The pirate theme is a minor note in this excellent travel saga. Rusty cargo ships, pickup trucks repaired with bundles of dried grass, AIDS-riddled hookers, and decaying colonial plantations are what it's really all about.
I'm obsessed with the Indian Ocean and pirates these days. What a fun book to read while lazing on a beach with my feet in... the Indian Ocean!
Funny travelogue of Kevin Rushby visiting Mozambique, Comores and Madagascar. Perfect to read during a holiday.