Some time ago I reviewed Barnaby Conrad's cheerful excursion into necrology entitled Famous Last Words, and he seemed to be rendered so happy by what I had said about it that sometime later he sent me his book Tahiti "with the hope that it provide a little winter escape." It did. An easygoing travelogue, it is amply illustrated with pictures of the island, many of the handsome natives, and some extraordinarily fine reproductions in color. A fair amount of the book is taken up with a most interesting history of the island, notably its role in the Mutiny on the Bounty episode as well as its featuring in Captain Cook's voyages.
Tahiti seems to be the very last of all the Pacific Islands to be conquered and corrupted by tourists. The changes described in this book make it certain that before another generation is gone the corrupting influence of professional