January 11, 2002 |
It was, once upon a time, one of the most isolated places in the world--Rapa Nui, or Easter Island. More than 2,400 miles from Tahiti or Chile, the South American country to which it belongs, the triangle-shaped island in the South Pacific became home centuries ago to people who populated it with giant stone statues representing their gods and ancient chieftains.
January 28, 2004 |
Evelyn Hucke wants her son to speak in the language of the king who settled this remote island more than a millennium ago, the same Polynesian tongue spoken by the people who carved the totemic statues that rise above the powder-blue waters of the South Pacific. Hucke, 30, grew up speaking that language, known as Rapa Nui.
October 24, 1999 |
The window-seat passengers pointed frantically. After 2,200 miles and 5 1/2 hours above the Pacific, they had spotted land: cliffs rising to meet gentle hills peppered with volcanic rock. "Look, moai!" someone blurted. We all strained against our seat belts to see one of the super-size stone statues that make Rapa Nui, as the islanders call their home, an enigma. Why were hundreds of these monuments carved more than half a millennium ago? And who tried to destroy them?
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May 21, 2013 |
Indiana Jones, the swashbuckling fictional adventurer, would seem to have nothing on John Goddard. As a boy growing up in Los Angeles, Goddard dreamed of adventures in faraway lands and spent his life pursuing an elaborate set of goals. He wanted to climb the world's most perilous peaks, navigate its major rivers and explore its most remote regions, among many other ambitions. Goddard, an adventurer, explorer and lecturer who evidently fell only a few goals short of a boyhood list that numbered more than 100, died Friday at a Glendale hospital of complications from cancer, said his son Jeffery.
April 27, 2013 |
Whatever happened to magic realism? The question arises when dipping into "Maya's Notebook," Isabel Allende's bruising, cinematically vivid new novel. It's an exercise in gritty realism rather than the fanciful folkloricism that Allende has been known for, accurately or not, since her fictional debut, "The House of the Spirits," 30 years ago. Magic realism always was more of a publishers' marketing coinage than an apt description of the works of the so-called Latin American Boom, which looms over Spanish-language literature like Easter Island monoliths: Mario Vargas Llosa, Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes and Gabriel García Márquez.