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Noa Noa: The Tahitian Journal (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) (Paperback)

Noa Noa: The Tahitian Journal (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
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Very readable translation. This is not the best edition if you want good reproductions of drawings. But in terms of getting a good text for a good price it's great.

I'm not really going to review the book itself as I assume most people who are here know that this was Gauguin's attempt to put together a what he hoped would be a best selling travelogue that would promote his art. He was hoping to cash in on the success of Pierre Loti's best seller the Marriage of Loti which was set in exotic Tahiti. It never made any money, but this is mostly because of it's idiosyncratic style. But for anyone interested in Gauguin's Tahitian experience it's great. Also check out his intimate journals which came out posthumously and cover also his life before Tahiti.

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   Noa Noa, Gauguin's two-year journal of living in Tahiti, is a fine read that touches on the colonial impacts of the expanding French control of Tahiti. Although Gauguin noted the bureaucratic excesses, he does not dwell on it and instead spends the bulk of his journal noting his engagement and involvement with the native population.Noa Noa deals briefly with his artistic endeavors and tends to focus on his daily discoveries of Polynesian culture. One of the highlights of the journal is his re-telling of Tahitian creation-myths and how it influenced contemporary behavior such as "tunny" fishing. Gauguin is well known for his artistry, and Noa Noa expands his repertoire to include a near-journalistic view of his sojourn in Tahiti.
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Very readable translation. This is not the best edition if you want good reproductions of drawings. But in terms of getting a good text for a good price it's great.I'm not really going to review the book itself as I assume most people who are here know that this was Gauguin's attempt to put together a what he hoped would be a best selling travelogue that would promote his art. He was hoping to cash in on the success of Pierre Loti's best seller the Marriage of Loti which was set in exotic Tahiti. It never made any money, but this is mostly because of it's idiosyncratic style. But for anyone interested in Gauguin's Tahitian experience it's great. Also check out his intimate journals which came out posthumously and cover also his life before Tahiti.
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