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Uttermost Part of the Earth by Lucas Bridges
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Mar 26, 2011

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Sounds like racism and exotification (of a murdered people no less) of the worst kind.

"When the author was born in Tierra del Fuego in 1874, it was truly an unknown land." (Except of course to all the people who'd lived there for thousands of years).
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It certainly doesn't make exotic, the people who lived on the island when the Bridges family arrived, rather it's a striking story, which I don't feel is any the less memorable for the fact that the land was occupied when they arrived. We can add the relevant political context for ourselves.

And it looks like the quote you cite, Joseph, comes from the publishers, rather than Bridges himself; and we know their motivations.

I quite understand the temptation to dismiss what might be good literature due to our feeling about the political affiliations or circumstances of the writer, for instance, but we might well be missing out on some important reading that way.

Matthew Sutton But what did you think of the book itself (not the publisher's marketing in the book jacket)?

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