Landfalls

Landfalls

Large Print - 2017
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Brest, 1785: Two frigates set sail with over two hundred men on board, in a brave attempt to circumnavigate the globe. From Chile to Alaska, Monterey to the far east of Russia, the explorers made maps and discovered uncharted islands. Sometimes they were welcomed gloriously, while others they found themselves feared and repelled. Then, nearly four years after leaving France, the ships departed Botany Bay for the Solomon Islands - and were never heard from again... Based on historical fact, LANDFALLS details the exploits and heartbreaks not only of the ships' crews, but also of the indigenous people and other Europeans they met, as well as loved ones left waiting at home. It is a narrative told by a web of voices, sharing a kaleidoscope of hopes, dreams - and tragedies.
Publisher: Leicester : 2017. Thorpe, Charnwood,
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781444833966
Branch Call Number: LT WILL
Characteristics: 496 pages (large print) ; 24 cm

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lovemybranch
Apr 29, 2016

The prose style turned me off. It did seem fairly authentic to the period but it managed to make everything very distant and detached. I didn't read very far and that's unusual for me.

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ebotsikos
Sep 24, 2015

Loved this book! The author uses each chapter to tell the story of this ill fated expedition from different perspectives. Sometimes it's the captain, sometime the doctor, sometimes a common sailor and once from the perspective of an aboriginal girl. This way you experience the same event in several ways and get to know the people more intimately. Consequently when of them dies, you are affected. I was sad when the book finished and the characters continued to reverberate for some time. This is a well written work as much history as fiction. I heartily recommend it.

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