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The Americans In The South Seas 1901   By: (1855-1913)

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Louis Becke’s book, The Americans In The South Seas 1901, takes readers on a captivating journey through the enchanting and mysterious South Seas. With vivid storytelling and a deep understanding of the region's culture, Becke effortlessly transports readers to this remote and breathtaking corner of the world.

The novel centers around the lives of several American sailors, each with their own distinct personality and background, who find themselves marooned on a remote island after their ship is wrecked. From the moment they set foot on this unfamiliar land, the characters face a series of thrilling adventures, unforeseen dangers, and unexpected alliances.

Becke skillfully portrays the intricacies of the island's culture and the interactions between the sailors and the native population. Through his well-drawn characters, the author explores themes of cultural exchange, imperialism, and the clash of civilizations. Becke fleshes out the indigenous characters, capturing their customs, beliefs, and values with great sensitivity and respect.

Moreover, one cannot help but admire Becke's lyrical prose that beautifully captures the spirit and essence of the South Seas. His vivid descriptions of the lush landscapes, azure waters, and exotic flora and fauna create a vivid backdrop against which the characters' stories unfold. Becke's vibrant imagery not only transports readers to the South Seas but also allows them to experience the intense emotions and dilemmas faced by the characters.

Another strength of the novel lies in Becke's ability to generate suspense and maintain the reader's interest throughout the narrative. From the outset, when the sailors are stranded on the island, Becke manages to maintain a level of tension that keeps readers eagerly turning the pages. The book is filled with unexpected twists and turns, ensuring that readers are consistently engaged.

However, one area where the novel falls short is in its characterization of the Americans themselves. While the indigenous characters are well-developed, the sailors often remain somewhat two-dimensional. They lack the depth and complexity needed to fully engage the reader on an emotional level. Nonetheless, this minor flaw does little to diminish the overall power and charm of Becke's story.

In conclusion, The Americans In The South Seas 1901 is a captivating and immersive adventure that transports readers to a remote and captivating part of the world. Through his poetic prose and vivid descriptions, Becke expertly conveys the beauty and allure of the South Seas while exploring themes of culture, imperialism, and human connection. Although the American characters could have been more nuanced, the book remains a memorable exploration of an extraordinary place and time.

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From "The Tapu Of Banderah and Other Stories"

By Louis Becke

C. Arthur Pearson Ltd.


Perhaps the proper title of this article should be "The Influence of American Enterprise upon the Maritime Development of the first Colony in Australia," but as such a long winded phrase would convey, at the outset, no clearer conception of the subject matter than that of "The Americans in the South Seas," we trust our readers will be satisfied with the simpler title.

It is curious, when delving into some of the dry as dust early Australian and South Sea official records, or reading the more interesting old newspapers and books of "Voyages," to note how soon the Americans "took a hand" in the South Sea trade, and how quickly they practically monopolised the whaling industry in the Pacific, from the Antipodes to Behring Straits.

The English Government which had despatched the famous "First Fleet" of convict transports to the then unknown shores of Botany Bay, had not counted upon an American intrusion into the Australian Seas, and when it came, Cousin Jonathan did not receive a warm welcome from the English officials stationed in the newly founded settlement on the shore of Sydney Cove, as the first settlement in Australia was then called. This was scarcely to be wondered at, for many of those officers who formed part of the "First Fleet" expedition had fought in the war of the rebellion, and most of them knew, what was a fact, that the English Government only a few years earlier had seriously considered proposals for colonising New South Wales with American loyalists, who would have, in their opinion, made better settlers than convicts... Continue reading book >>

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