A REMARKABLE TRUE-LIFE HEART OF DARKNESS STORY
In 1868, Jack Renton, a teenage Scots sailor, was shanghaied in San Francisco. In 1876, he was rescued from captivity on the Pacific island of Malaita, home to a fearsome tribe of headhunters. After the rescue, in a sensational best-selling memoir, Renton recounted his eight-year adventure: how he jumped ship and drifted two thousand miles in an open whaleboat to the Solomon Islands, came ashore at Malaita, was stripped of his clothes, possessions and his very identity, but lived to serve the island’s tribal chief Kabou eventually as his most trusted adviser. For all the authenticity and riveting detail, however, it turns out that Renton’s chronicle glossed over key events that made him the man that Kabou said he loved, "as my first-born son."
Mining the oral history passed down in detail from generations of Malaitans, documentary filmmaker Nigel Randell has pieced together a more complete and grislier account of Renton’s experience—as a man forced to assimilate in order to survive. While The White Headhunter is the story of a man transformed by an island, it is also the story of a man who transformed the island as he prepared it for the onslaught of Western civilization.
When i first heard about it the publisher sent me a message and asked if it would be something that would be of interest to me and as soon as I read the book synopsis i was yes please , it was a new to me author , non fiction which is something i love to read and it was a part of history i never heard of before so whats not to love, but sadly there is a problem, and that problem is i have no idea what is going on with the story , and I mean that 100 %. Its confusing, and the author seems to jump from one thing to another and then back again. I've even tried re reading the chapters I've read to see if i can get an idea of what is going on and i still can't figure it out, So with that said I'm DNF it , with that said I would love to thank the publishers and Netgalley for a lest letting me try to read this and review in change for my honest opinion