Under the cover of a donated book #21

William Collins publishing house and Christina Thompson has sent to the Sea Library her latest book Sea People: In Search of the Ancient Navigators of the Pacific which came out in March and is available now also for readers here in Jūrmala by the Baltic Sea. If you travel to Latvia, come and visit! Or borrow the book by post.

Sea People is a book about Polynesian voyagers in Pacific Ocean. In the introduction Christina Thompson writes, “the book you have before you: a tale not just of the ancient mariners of the Pacific but of the many people who have puzzled over their history – the sailors, linguists, archaeologists, historians, ethnographers, folklorists, biologists, and geographers who have each, as it were, put in their oar.”

How did the earliest Polynesians find and colonise the far-flung islands in the Pacific Ocean? How did a people without writing or metal tools conquer the largest ocean in the world? This conundrum, which came to be known as the Problem of Polynesian Origins, emerged in the eighteen century as one of the great geographical mysteries of mankind.

For Christina Thompson, this mystery is personal: her Māori husband and their sons descend directly from these ancient navigators.

Christina Thompson shares on Twitter her joy of having her new book in the Sea Library. It would be an honour if she would visit one day!

Rakstniece Kristīne Tomsone un izdevniecība William Collins ir uzdāvinājuši Jūras bibliotēkai autores jaunāko grāmatu Sea People: In Search of the Ancient Navigators of the Pacific, kas iznākusi marta beigās ar skaistu piparmētru krāsas vāku.

Ja interesē polinēziešu jūrasbraucēju vēsture un Klusais okeāns, kurš klāj trešdaļu zemes (lielākā ūdens tilpne uz zemeslodes) un pa kuru šobrīd airējas Kārlis no Bored of Borders, noteikti no bibliotēkas jāpaņem un jāizlasa šī grāmata.

Autorei Kristīnai Tomsonei, kura ir dzimusi Šveicē, studējusi Austrālijā un dzīvo netālu no Bostonas, tas ir arī personisks pētījums, jo viņas vīrs ir maori un viņas trīs dēlu asinīs rit seno polinēziešu gars. Piekāp Jūrmalā un aizņemies grāmatu!