Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cloud Atlas and Dendroglyphs

I read the sample pages of Cloud Atlas on my nook to see if I could get into it. At this point I can't! But I did learn a new word for Wondrous Words Wednesday. That's the weekly meme hosted by Kathy at Bermuda Onion if you want to play along.

Dendroglyphs are aboriginal tree carvings made by the moriori found on the Chatham Islands in New Zealand. Apparently they often marked gravesites or memorialized noteworthy events. In the book, one of the characters is suspected of cutting down these trees and selling them! This is the first time I've heard of dendroglyphs and the Moriori (as opposed to the Maori). Now I would love to go and see the trees!

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  1. How fascinating! From the looks of that tree, I'd say some of them aren't that old.

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    1. The book starts in the 1950's and the trees were there. I think they go back quite aways but I agree this picture looks more like modern day carving. But it's not!

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    2. Oops! I meant to say the 1850's.

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  2. What a great word. Being an Australian married to a New Zealander I feel that I should know both dendroglyph and moriori- but I didn't- and I've read Cloud Atlas! It was quite a few years ago that I read it, but I remember loving most of it. It did take a little while to get into, but some of it is clearly brilliant. I hope you get to read it sometime. The Chatham Islands would be fascinating to visit, actually New Zealand has quite a few small islands that I'd like to get to sometime.

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    1. That's funny, Louise, because I thought of you when i posted this and wondered if you'd seen them!

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