My Father's Islands Abel Tasman's Heroic Voyages (Christobel Mattingley) pdf, epub, doc

Once past the intrusive and irritating opening where Claesgen, Tasman's daughter, fires volley after volley of questions addressing the reader, this is a tantalising record of Abel Tasman's voyages.

Despite his exemplary seamanship and compassionate leadership, Tasman was a disappointment to his employers who said he was 'not adventurous enough'. He braved hazards on both ocean and land, survived several hostile encounters and is said to have charted one-fifth of the world.

But the Dutch East India Company wanted islands of silver and gold, territories of trade, faster routes to profitable, exploitable lands. Tasman provided none of this.

It was extremely interesting to note that the captain's councils which so irritated me in Star Trek: The Next Generation were probably modelled on a procedure Tasman undertook on numerous occasions. He called the ship's officers together (sometimes even those of another ship) to discuss strategy or an alteration in plans. Here they seemed reasonable and democratic; in Star Trek: The Next Generation they seemed quite silly when a potentially hostile enemy attack was imminent.

The book is replete with maps and questions, activities and heaps of footnoted explanations. It is obviously targetting the schools market. I marked it down because it was such a hybrid. All the added extras spoiled the story, rather than enhanced them for me. Others may feel differently but I would have preferred Claesgen simply to tell the tale. She never stops addressing the reader, although thankfully, never to the same painful degree as the opening. It would be far less intrusive story-wise and thus more enjoyable to have all the extras at the end or even available on a website as Teacher's Notes.

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  • File: 1.9 Mb
  • Pages 190
  • Rating: 3.56 (7 votes)


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