Trial of the Cannibal Dog, The
Salmond vividly retells the story of Captain Cook's great voyages in the Pacific, focusing on the encounters between the Explorers and the Pacific Island peoples they "discovered". Salmond's work reveals impressive anthropological knowledge, but also reads as a sensitive exploration of personality. NZ Interest. Winner of the Montana Medal for Non-Fiction. [Big read]
Comments from Groups
Only two of us managed to finish the book but we both got a lot out of it and were very pleased we persevered. Wellington 181
Those who read it found it to be an interesting and easy read. Paihia 001
Simply ran out of time to read this fascinating story ... Learnt so much about Cook from a perspective other than that taught to us in school. Governor's Bay 001
Very well researched but repetitive in parts...The book made us all aware of Cook as a person and of our NZ history. Napier 020
Anne Salmond shows the other side of history by making it palatable. How much more interesting events are when placed in an anthropological context. Taupo 004
We were all impressed with the detail and cultural observations. All thought it good, but not a quick read. Whitby 003
Only two of us managed to finish the book in time, others are looking to take it out of the library to complete it. All enjoyed the historical approach to the book, and found what they read astonishing - from the amount of people and animals kept on board, to the discoveries made. Those that almost read the whole book, found it too repetitive towards the end with the constant referring to provisions, as we just wanted to finish the book!
Only 1 of our group managed to read all of this book in the month. But most 'dipped in' to sections. All thought it was very well-written and well researched. It provided an excellent record of Cook and his voyages of exploration. A much more accurate history than what we learnt at school. A really good discussion.
Very informative, although too detailed for some. Not everyone read it. (Too long, print too small). Generated good discussion.
A great read and provoked a lot of discussion in the group. All agreed it was very different to what most people had had in school! Well-written and researched and easy to read. Thoroughly recommend to all interested in Cook the man, his voyages and all the interactions of two very different peoples, and all that happened as a result.