Journey Under the Southern Stars.
E. L. Grant Watson.
Because his novel Lost Man! is one of my favorites, and because the first part of the book reveals the real life experiences of the author which mirror his novel, I was immediately fascinated by this autobiography.
What I come away most clearly with, however, is the author’s experience on a Fijian island in the plantation house of a white man. There are ghosts, a mysterious and horrific volcanic lake, and a magical calling of sea turtles.
The author is a young scientist out for adventure, and he maintains a firm belief in magic — a belief which is confirmed by his observations.
Grant Watson’s narrative prose in this book is beautiful and haunting in many sections. An excellent book to re-read as I find more of his works.