Dampier's (1651-1715) adventures and writing inspired both Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver's Travels, but in his own right he was a remarkable, observant and enjoyable writer - whether on a woefully mishandled pirate raid in Spanish America or on a desperate journey to Sumatra in an open boat or on the habits of manatees or bats. He also left the first description in English of the Aborigines of Australia - thus initiating a painful, now three centuries' long encounter between peoples on opposite sides of the world. "Great Journeys" allows readers to travel both around the planet and back through the centuries - but also back into ideas and worlds frightening, ruthless and cruel in different ways from our own. Few reading experiences can begin to match that of engaging with writers who saw astounding things: Great civilisations, walls of ice, violent and implacable jungles, deserts and mountains, multitudes of birds and flowers new to science. Reading these books is to see the world afresh, to rediscover a time when many cultures were quite strange to each other, where legends and stories were treated as facts and in which so much was still to be discovered.
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William Dampier (1651-1715) was an English buccaneer, sea captain, author and scientific observer. He had a long and unbelievably chaotic career, managing more by accident than design to sail around the world three times and participate in a wilderness of almost uniformly unsuccessful piratical and semi-piratical ventures.
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Book Description Penguin, 2007 9780141025414, 2007. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. NEW paperback. 106 pages. From the blurb: "They were all racked with fever. The daring canoe trip from the Nicobar Islands had been full of hazards - not least starvation, dehydration and terrible storms. But William Dampier was a hardened adventurer. His chaotic career on the high seas incompassed three around-the-world trips and his journals became the stuff of legend. He seemed immune to danger; as sailor, explorer, amateur anthropologist and pirate, his life was always at risk." From the excellent pocket-sized series Penguin Great Journeys. Bookseller Inventory # 996
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