Bird's book is in public domain and available from various small publishers. It displays and describe the different customs and traditions with eloquence and without mockery as many of the travels in this time period do. She was a sickly child and spent her entire life struggling with various ailments. She was a fascinating and incredibly adventurous person, and brave, and wonderfully meticulous in her observations. Plus, she was plagued by bouts of depression and a chronic spinal disease that made her travelling both physically and emotionally very demanding.
Have you looking for best book or ideal book with you? She ended up spending 6 months on the islands because she found the air and water so appealing. She shocks people wherever she goes. Isabella Bird was headed to California from New Zealand in 1873, when the leaky steamboat she and her fellow passengers had boarded nearly sank. I enjoyed her lyrical descriptions of the fauna of Hawaii and her passages on travelling, Hawaiian social structure, demography and lifestyle. It makes you easier to read this book, because you can read this book in your Cell phone.
She visited all the major islands and her Recommended in for Hawaii. The thing I love about Isabella Bird the person is that she is adventurous to the core. I read Isabella Bird's book, A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains, several years ago. The era in which Ms. To explore and achieve all that she did during a time where it wasn't 'proper' for women to do such things, especially on their own, makes her experiences even more compelling to read.
She is not averse to sleeping on the ground with her saddle as her pillow. Bird's book is in public domain and available from various small publishers. She's a white woman, traveling by herself most of the time, sitting astride on a Mexican saddle and riding through absolute wilderness of the Big Island in 1871. The trip on horseback from Hilo through the gorges to Waipio was incredible, and the description of entering the harbour at Hilo - what I would do to have seen that beauty! Isabella Bird was headed to California from New Zealand in 1873, when the leaky steamboat she and her fellow passengers had boarded nearly sank. A man she just met invites her to climb up Mauna Loa to see the eruption? She visited most of the large Hawaiian islands except for Molokai on which was located the leper colony although she saw many lepers in her travels as the disease was rampant in the islands. Friends convinced her stop and visit and she stayed for more than sim months.
Works from the 19th century can be difficult to read due to dense, repetitive prose and the repulsive attitudes of the time. For my research purposes, her descriptions of Hilo and Kilauea are fabulous. How many people to be smart in having any information nowadays? She adopted some foriegn habits considered shocking by her own society, for example riding horses astride like native Hawaiian women rather than sidesaddle like a proper British woman. The book is a collection of letters and is filled with lengthy prose written with a subtle but wonderful sense of sarcasm describing her experiences. She ended up spending 6 months on the islands because she found the air and water so appealing. Bird is a woman of her period, yes, and her biases are pretty clear up front, but she is a complex, fascinating person who would be remarkable even in our time.
Her six months in the Sandwich Island aka Haw Works from the 19th century can be difficult to read due to dense, repetitive prose and the repulsive attitudes of the time. She falls in love with the place and the people, and trusts them absolutely. Isabella is lavish with her descriptions, and had obviously fallen in love with the generous hospitality of the Hawaiians - this is back when there was only one hotel in Honolulu, and none in Hilo the locals would greet the boat from Oahu and take home it's passengers as guests! They have given them an alphabet, grammar and dictionary; preserved their language from extinction; given it a literature and translated into it the Bible, and works of devotion, science and entertainment, etc. I was much more interested in other writings by Isabella Bird. However, right now, e-book becomes a better choice for a person with many activities. I had never heard of her before, but picked up the book in a state park gift shop.
Isabella Bird is certainly intrepid and a fabulously independent woman, for her time. Also the attitude of the people towards the lepers living among them was very striking. I had no idea people rode horses so much there, nor did I realize that the ancient Hawaiians practiced human sacrifice. I was continually amazed that in the late 1800s, a foreign woman, the daughter of a vicar, could, and would, travel throughout the islands, both unescorted and unencumbered by the usual conventions of the day. Her final journey was to China and Korea. Definitely a good read for anyone who loves Hawai'i. It was interesting to read about how the different islands and how they compared in their levels of development in r This is a real insight into the Hawaiian Islands and what they were like before real modernisation, globalization and tourism hit them.
She was there from January through August. Amusing and insightful accounts of a quite independent adventure seeking women in the 19th century. Much of the charm of Isabella's writing is due to her use of personal letters for conveying her her experiences and her impressions. I wouldn't mind reading more of Bird's books--she was quite a bestseller in the late 19th century--as she has really gained my respect. Many people may not have enough time for searching and selecting the books in the bookstores, because it will spend many times. I had never heard of her before, but picked up the book in a state park gift shop. According to the introduction to Six Months in Hawaii by Pat Barr Isabella Bird was 41 years old when she first visited the islands of Hawaii.