venerdì 5 agosto 2011

"Speciale Starcrossed: seconda puntata"

Oggi voglio parlarvi di Nantucket: l'ambientazione di Starcrossed.
La vita di Helen, la protagonista del libro, si svolge a Nantucket e allora mi sono chiesta: esiste davvero questo posto oppure è un'invenzione dell'autrice?
Digitando Nantucket su Google ho scoperto che esiste davvero!!

Nantucket per i pelli-rossa significava "terra lontana".
E' un'isola degli U.S.A, 48 Km a sud di Cape Cod, nello stato del Massachusetts.
Nantucket è rinomata come meta turistica e luogo di residenza estiva.
La popolazione, durante i mesi estivi, aumenta da 10.000 fino a 50.000 persone.
Visitare Nantucket oggi significa tornare in un 'epoca piena di storia. Tra il 1726 e la metà 'dell' 800 Nantucket era la capitale mondiale della caccia alle balene.
Capitani, marinai e mercanti costruirono grandiose case che rimangono come eleganti monumenti del ricco periodo della caccia alle balene.

Grazie soprattutto alle città di Nantucket e Siasconset, l'isola è stata indicata come National Historic District perché lì si trova una delle maggiori concentrazioni di strutture precedenti alla Guerra Civile di tutti gli U.S.A.
Ha 800 bellissime case e monumenti storici. Il Whaling Museum replica la vita a bordo delle navi baleniere e vanta una collezione di "scrimshaw" (incisione su avorio) famose in tutto il mondo. A due passi, il Museo Peter Foulger contiene esibizioni del commercio con la Cina.
Oltre alla sua storia, Nantucket offre molte attività per amanti della natura, dello sport e dell'arte. Durante tutto l'anno, visitatori potranno godere la sua incredibile bellezza naturale, con 80 miglia di spiaggie tra le più belle e pulite del mondo.
Più del 35% del terreno di Nantucket è protetto come parco, disponibile per passeggiate, gite in bicicletta, "footing" e "picnic" con viste stupende.
Starcrossed non è il primo libro ambientato su quest'isola: prima di lui troviamo Moby Dick 
dove Pequod, la nave del romanzo, salpa dal porto di Nantucket e sempre da qui salpa " Grampus", il veliero del romanzo "Storia" di Arthur Gordon Pym di Edgar Allan Poe. 

Trovo quest'isola molto carina: qualcuno l'ha visitata?

Al prossimo speciale :)

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