Tales from Cannibal Isle

The Private Journals of an Anthropologist in Fiji

by Pamela J Peck



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/12/2010

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 341
ISBN : 9781425130992
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 344
ISBN : 9781425130985

About the Book

Tales from Cannibal Isle is more than an account of historical and present-day life in the mythical paradise of Fiji. It is a quest into the deepest roots of human culture in an attempt to find out what it is that persuades us to acts of love and compassion, and, by contrast, to hatred and fear. The island nation of Fiji, with its cannibalistic past, its sporadic multicultural and interracial harmony, and its series of military coups turned out to be the perfect place for the quest. It has had enough brutality and gentility to instruct a planet.

In spite of its serious subject matter, this book is adventurous and fun. Inspired by the search for the Holy Grail and lured by the artist Paul Gauguin in his search of the savage dream, the writer takes us on a journey into the heart of Polynesia and the mind of anthropology. At times humorous, at times disturbing, the account is intimate and revealing. And in a way more fundamental and compelling than the writer could have known at the outset, it is a story about life – and death.

About the Author

Cultural Anthropologist Dr. Pamela J Peck is an author, lecturer, composer and playwright whose creative works appeal to people of all ages as she takes us on magical and adventurous journeys to the far corners of the outer world and into the inner recesses of the human mind.