June 12, 1999 |
A Hawaiian seagoing canoe that has already sailed 100,000 miles to prove that ancient Polynesians navigated by the stars, is set for its greatest challenge yet--a trip to the world's most remote inhabited island. The five-month, 7,500-mile voyage is from Hawaii to Easter Island, 2,200 miles west of Chile and famous for its monolithic stone heads. The trip is expected to begin as soon as weather permits.
August 26, 1994 |
Hollywood has well-known ways of teasing reality into movie magic, winking at factual accuracy. In a new film about Easter Island, that imaginative tradition meshes with a pattern of myth and fantasy already overshadowing the blurry past of this remote Pacific outpost. Some archeologists, trying to piece together an accurate picture of the island's cultural heritage, are unhappy over what Hollywood has done.
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.
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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.