Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sea Venture: Shipwreck, Survival, and the Salvation of Jamestown

Author: Kieran Doherty
Stars: 1
Review by: Mandy Apgar

The supposed focus is on the restoration of the Jamestown Colony after his very near catastrophic destruction in Virginia. Supposed. The problem is that, interspersed with what little facts it offers, are fairy tales presented as true and the author psychoanalyzing various historical figures and then presenting what apparently was in their heads all along as fact. That anyone can find out a lot of myths attributed to Pocahontas are just that is beyond the grasp on this author. Apparently Pocahontas more or less did everything but found the darn colony herself, while torn between her two great loves of Smith and Rolfe, both of whom were practically superhuman themselves. The worst parts of the book are the analyses presented as fact - where the author basically goes "and x person knew in their hearts he was a good man, and having loved him since x time did Y and Z" to conveniently fill in gaps in the historical record.

No comments: