Alain Gerbault : Paradise Is Dying Finally another great writer-traveler who reached the shores of Nuku Hiva: Alain Gerbault. What an amazing journey than that of this former ﬁghter pilot and World War I Ace, which embarked on a solo world tour aboard a small 12m (40ft) sailboat, the Firecrest. After a grueling crossing of the Atlantic alone, he arrived in the Paciﬁc through the Panama Canal. A journey that brought him, a ﬁrst time, in the Marquesas on december 8, 1925. He spent two months there enthusiastic about the scenery, but also by the welcome he received from the Marquesans. This great lover of Polynesian islands, will come back a third and last time in the marquesas in 1935, with the objective of recording ancient Marquesan songs. Finally he went to Taipivai in the footsteps of Melville ... Chasing the Sun, a Sailing Log. From New York to Tahiti, the story of his journey and his stay in the marquesas was published in 1929. He also gets back to his marquesan experience in one of his key works, a Paradise Is dying. He died in 1941 and, as he had wished, his ashes were brought back to Bora Bora where he is buried.
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