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Bright and Distant Shores by Dominic Smith
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Oct 23, 11

Read in October, 2011

In the late 1800’s, fascination with other cultures was at a high point. The Chicago Exposition had drawn huge crowds. Explorers returned home with tales of exotic lands and treasures for collectors and museums. Wanting to be a part of this, Hale Gray finances a voyage to the South Pacific. His goal is to bring back not only artifacts but actual natives who he can then put on display and outdo his Chicago rival, Marshall Field. Assembling a team that includes his weak son Jethro and explorer Owen Graves, Hale sets the stage for a riveting story of the voyage and clashing cultures and beliefs, love and romance. It is a terrific story filled with fascinating and flawed characters as the plot moves along. As a minor detail I wish the book had included a map of the ship’s voyage showing the islands the crew visited.
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