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Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas   By: (1868-1947)

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Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas by Lloyd Osbourne is a collection of intriguing and captivating tales set in the captivating and mysterious South Seas. Osbourne, known for his collaborative work with Robert Louis Stevenson, takes readers on a remarkable journey through the islands of the Pacific, offering a unique insight into the lives and cultures of the people who call these remote locations home.

The book is divided into eight stories, each transporting readers to a different island with its own distinctive charm and challenges. From Fiji to Samoa, Osbourne masterfully paints vivid landscapes and an array of characters, showcasing the diversity of these Pacific communities. Through his engaging storytelling, he reveals the harsh realities, thrilling adventures, and intimate connections that give the South Seas its allure.

A highlight of this collection is Osbourne's ability to immerse readers in the local customs and traditions. Whether describing a tribal ceremony or depicting the dynamics of a local community, he intricately weaves in cultural nuances, providing readers with a rich tapestry of the region's history and heritage. Osbourne's dedication to detailed research is evident throughout, adding authenticity and depth to the narratives.

One of the most outstanding aspects of Wild Justice is how Osbourne tackles complex moral dilemmas within each story. Whether exploring themes of revenge, greed, or justice, he delves into the very nature of human behavior, often blurring the lines between right and wrong. By presenting these thought-provoking scenarios, Osbourne forces readers to ponder the intricacies of human nature and question their own moral compass.

Furthermore, Osbourne's prose is masterful. His descriptive language offers a sensory experience, bringing the lush landscapes, crashing waves, and tropical scents to life. Each sentence is meticulously crafted, magnifying the allure of the South Seas and drawing readers deeper into its enchanting world. The author's attention to detail creates an immersive reading experience that is truly captivating.

However, one aspect that may be considered a drawback is the uneven pacing of the stories. While some tales are fast-paced and thrilling, others tend to linger, affecting the overall flow of the collection. Nevertheless, this minor flaw does not detract from the overall brilliance of Wild Justice.

In conclusion, Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas is a remarkable collection that transports readers to the captivating world of the Pacific islands. Lloyd Osbourne's talent for storytelling, his dedication to cultural authenticity, and his exploration of moral dilemmas make this book an absolute delight to read. Whether you are drawn to adventure, cultural immersion, or moral contemplation, this collection offers something for everyone. Wild Justice is a testament to Osbourne's skill as a writer and his deep appreciation for the South Seas.

First Page:

WILD JUSTICE

[Illustration: "'Jack,' she said suddenly, 'you come along with us.'"]

WILD JUSTICE

STORIES OF THE SOUTH SEAS

BY

LLOYD OSBOURNE

AUTHOR OF "BABY BULLET"

[Illustration]

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY NEW YORK :: MCMXXI

COPYRIGHT, 1906, 1921, BY D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

PREFACE

Deep in every heart there seems to be a longing for a more primitive existence; and though in practice it is often an illusion, the South Seas lend themselves better to such dreams than any other part of the world. There are fewer races more attractive than the Polynesians. Frank, winning, gay and extraordinarily well mannered, the higher types are often remarkably good looking, and scarcely darker than Southern Europeans. Some aspects of their life are truly poetic. Half naked, with flowers in their hair, and just sufficient work to keep them in superb physical condition, they have an almost unlimited leisure to share with the wayfarer in their midst. And dirt, that greatest of all human barriers, is nonexistent. No people are cleaner; none have so intense a personal self respect. One wonders sometimes whether it is not the white man who is the savage, and these in some ways his superiors... Continue reading book >>




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