Harry Luke (1884–1969)

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"From a South Seas Diary 1938-1942" is a memoir written by Sir Harry Luke. The book recounts the author's experiences and adventures during his time in the South Pacific between 1938 and 1942.

In his diary-like narrative, Sir Harry Luke shares his observations, encounters, and reflections while living and working in the South Seas. The book covers a period that spans from the pre-World War II era to the early years of the war, offering a unique perspective on the region during a time of significant historical events.

As a colonial administrator or diplomat, Sir Harry Luke provides insights into the cultures, customs, and political landscapes of the South Pacific islands. He offers firsthand accounts of his interactions with local communities, their traditions, and the natural beauty of the region.

The memoir also touches upon the impact of the impending war and the evolving geopolitical situation in the South Pacific. It provides readers with a glimpse into the tensions and changes occurring during this period, as well as the author's own thoughts and experiences navigating these turbulent times.

"From a South Seas Diary 1938-1942" is a blend of personal observations, travelogue, and historical commentary. It offers readers an intimate and authentic account of life in the South Pacific during a pivotal period in history.

Overall, Sir Harry Luke's memoir provides a valuable record of his time in the South Seas, capturing the essence of the region and the events unfolding during the late 1930s and early 1940s. It serves as a captivating read for those interested in the South Pacific, colonial history, and the impact of war on the region.
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FallsGalloway | 1 muu arvostelu | May 7, 2023 |
1925 edition of this comprehensive travel guide. The book contains concise information about the Holy Land, with background geographic and historical information about Palestine and Syria. Very good source for pertinent information of the area in the time between the world wars and prior to the creation of the modern nation of Israel in 1948.
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Marc_Mccune | Apr 11, 2016 |
Although published back in 1954 this is a very appealing book, beautifully written. It covered everything from the oldest recorded history to what seemed to be a very complicated matriarchal hierarchy, and even included details of spelling, pronunciation and the national anthem. The author, Sir Harry Luke, was Governor of Fiji and High Commissioner for the Western Pacific, and paid six visits to Queen Salote's island during his term of office. He believed Tonga to be one of the most contented countries on earth, a quality he ascribed to Queen Salote.

Queen Salote (1900-1965) was monarch from 1918-1965. Her name, the Tongan version of Charlotte, was given in honour of Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, by the same reasoning her father and grandfather were named George, or given the soft, looser Tongan pronunciation, Jioaji. Salote was a giant, both literally and figuratively. She was over 6 feet 3 inches in her bare feet making her the tallest monarch of the smallest monarchy. Imagine how imposing she was in high heels and a crown! She led her country by example and was loved by all who knew her, even in other countries. She made such an impression on the British people when she attended the Coronation in 1953 that she was included in the year-end newspaper articles that list highlights of the year.

When Captain Cook visited in 1773, he presented the island nation with a pair of tortoises from the Galapagos Islands. The female died back in the 18th century but unbelievably the male was still alive at the time of writing. Luke surmised that at around three centuries old he could be the world's oldest inhabitant. Queen Salote was able to introduce the tortoise to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip when they visited Tonga after the coronation.

In very friendly terms, Luke provided a meaningful account of Tonga and what Queen Salote accomplished. Well done!
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VivienneR | Jul 15, 2013 |
I confess: initially my interest in this little volume arose from the Author's early connection with Fr Rolfe, whom his own son would later attempt to portray in that ill-considered but popular play HADRIAN THE SEVENTH. As it turns out, Luke (Senior) has considerable charm on his own ashe describes his work as Governor of the Colony of Fiji. His account of the South Seas is very stimuating, historically and anthroplogically. As he himself notes, that world was changing irreversibly duting the Second World War. A quick read, and a good one.… (lisätietoja)
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HarryMacDonald | 1 muu arvostelu | Sep 28, 2012 |


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