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The Riddle of the Sands (Illustrated) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Erskine Childers

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This book is an illustrated version of the original The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers. “I HAVE read of men who, when forced by their calling to live for long periods in utter solitude—save for a few black faces—have made it a rule to dress regularly for dinner in order to maintain their self-respect and prevent a relapse into barbarism. It was in some such spirit, with an added touch of self-consciousness, that, at seven o'clock in the evening of 23rd September in a recent year, I was making my evening toilet in my chambers in Pall Mall. I thought the date and the place justified the parallel; to my advantage even; for the obscure Burmese administrator might well be a man of blunted sensibilities and coarse fibre, and at least he is alone with nature, while I—well, a young man of condition and fashion, who knows the right people, belongs to the right clubs, has a safe, possibly a brilliant, future in the Foreign Office—may be excused for a sense of complacent martyrdom, when, with his keen appreciation of the social calendar, he is doomed to the outer solitude of London in September.”

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  • Langue : Anglais
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Amazon.com: 4.1 étoiles sur 5  7 commentaires
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Oldy but Goody 6 septembre 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book is sometimes cited as setting the stage for the mental atmosphere prior to WW One. It was very popular at the time, and was followed by many imitations. I thought to read it in order to flesh out my understanding of the prelude to war. It is best to read it with a computer tuned to Google Maps because it is set in the area of the North Sea coast of Germany and Holland and it sometimes calls for an understanding of sailing, offshore islands, and tides. Lacking this kind of knowledge, it is a bit tedious at times and slower than contemporary action thrillers - however, a map helps. I didn't rate it a five; but who am I to argue with a zillion English readers. I am glad to have read it, finally.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Mystery | Historically Important Book 15 mars 2015
Par Timothy E. Kennelly - Publié sur Amazon.com
Greeting Readers,

I recently read "The Riddle of the Sands" by Erskine Childers. It is a very interesting, light, and fun read. There were a number of details about the German coast that were lost on me but it is a good read. It is an interesting piece historically because it was published in 1903 and it had some influence on the rising concern regarding British military readiness before the beginning of World War I. If you are looking for what is essentially a popular novel which has become a great historical novel over time, then look no further.

4.0 étoiles sur 5 A 1903 historical fantasy that lets you in the mind ... 3 juin 2015
Par Steven Nix - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
A 1903 historical fantasy that lets you in the mind of the people of Britain and there feelings about the German threat a decade before the beginning of World War I. The modern reader might find access to the story a little difficult due to the immense amount of sailing jargon on display , plus the story written before radio or tv might move a bit slow for us in the more hectic world. The hidden conspiracy revealed at the end might be considered a let down by man but i found the reality of it refreshing.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Navigation in a Small Boat by the Frisian Isles 19 juillet 2015
Par Acute Observer - Publié sur Amazon.com
The Riddle of the Sands

Geoffrey Household wrote the ‘Forward’. This novel is advocacy or propaganda designed as fiction. [No comment on “Rogue Male”?] Robert Erskine Childers worked as a law clerk in the House of Commons and sailed along the Frisian Islands. His service in the Boer War educated him politically. This book warned against a possible invasion from the North Sea. The story is about two men who sail a small boat. In 1914 Childers smuggled obsolete single round rifles and ammunition into Ireland that were later used in the Easter Rising of 1916. After Dominion Status was accepted for Ireland a minority opposed it. The National Army fought to suppress them. Childers was arrested for possessing a pistol, condemned and shot. This was said to be in reprisal for the assassination of Michael Collins. [This Gun Control Law was as harsh as the Nazi law: death for anyone with a firearm]. Decades later his eldest son became President of Eire. The Frisian Islands lay along the coast of the North Sea, from Holland to Germany.

Carruthers works for the Foreign Office in Whitehall. It is summer and things are slow. He gets a letter from Davies inviting him to sail on the yacht ‘Dulcibella’, which is docked in Schleswig-Holstein (Chapter 1). He arrives with his supplies (Chapter 2). It is smaller than he expected, a converted lifeboat 30 feet long and 9 feet in beam (Chapter 3).They sail towards the Baltic Sea. Davies tells about a dangerous trip (Chapter 7); he had a lucky escape through the sands (Chapter 8). Why would anyone want to kill him? [A suspected spy?] The next chapters tell about sailing a small boat among the Frisian Isles, where sandbanks form an obstacle. These technical details may be obsolete today. An intruder tries to get aboard in the night (Chapter 14). They go ashore for supplies and meet people (Chapter 16).

There is a buried wreck with gold bars that were never recovered; the danger of the sands in low water. The meet Commander von Brüning; he advises Carruthers to avoid the Dollmanns. Davies and Carruthers discuss the situation (Chapter 17). Fräulein Dollmann visited their boat (Chapter 19). Then she leaves and tells Carruthers not to visit her father. They find an old small book about sailing and recognize a picture (Chapter 20). “It explains a good deal.” Carruthers goes ashore and listens to the conversation of four men in a small house (Chapter 22). Later they go to dine with the Dollmanns and meet Brüning and Böhme. They talk about local events (Chapter 24). Carruthers must return to England the next day. This trip is described in Chapter 25.

Carruthers walked to Bensersiel and observed the land and buildings (Chapter 26). [No one kept a dog to bark at strangers?] Carruthers stowed away on a tug boat (Chapter 27). Then he arranged to get away by running the boat into the shore. He meets Davies and they prepare to quickly leave for England (Chapter 28). But first they visit the Dollmanns and get a surprise! There is another surprise as they sail to Ostmahorn. The ‘Epilogue’ tells about secret plans to invade the industrial heart of England, the northern and midland towns. The strengths and weaknesses of two powers are discussed. Only a successful invasion can defeat England. The ‘Postscript’ said measures were taken for the dangers listed above.

This story is a warning against an unrecognized danger of that era that is padded with stories about sailing a small boat.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A rollicking good yarn! 3 mars 2014
Par Jim Reeve - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I thought this was one of the best written stories I have read. The language was beautiful and beautifully expressed. Page after page of interest and excitement. Couldn't wait to pick it up and always sad to put it down. I'd like to look at any other books by this author. Very enjoyable. I've already recommended it to several others.
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