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The White Headhunter: The Story of a 19th-Century Sailor Who Survived a South Seas Heart of Darkness

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In 1876, sailor Jack Renton was rescued from the Pacific island home of the headhunting Malaitans, after spending eight years in their captivity. His best-selling memoir of how he went from the slave of their chief, Kabou, to his most trusted warrior and adviser remains the only authenticated account of a Westerner's "heart of darkness" journey. But his sensational story t ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 6th 2003 by Basic Books (first published 2002)
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Michael
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This a interesting read. The story of a sailor(Jack Renton) captured and adopted by cannibalistic natives on the island of Malaita off the coast of New Guinea. He was shanghaied in San Francisco then 8 years later discovered on a Pacific island living as a native. His story was obtained from his personal account and passed down from the Malaitan natives. The author does a great job in recounting the events of his life before, during and after this amazing adventure. Another story that could have ...more
Ben
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
fascinating book, young Orkney sailor escapes from a whaler in the South Pacific with three companions, there eventual landfall. The young Renton is adopted by by a headhunter and cannibal.
The eventual escape to Australia. His return to Orkney with his necklace of human teeth. A moral quandary , well written
Mark
Jul 25, 2010 rated it liked it
ugh. the history of civilization is one long long tedious story of greed, brutality, and stupidity.
This book is as much a story of the infection of primitive culture by european civilization as it is the story of Jack Renton.
Gypsykat
Ok for info of the 19th century Solomon Islands - Not much detail about headhunting though
Michael Dill
Not many authors can take an incredibly interesting subject and make it terribly boring. This book was a chore to read and I couldn't wait to be finished with it.
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