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"Martin Of Nitendi"; and The River Of Dreams 1901   By: (1855-1913)

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Martin Of Nitendi; and The River Of Dreams 1901 by Louis Becke is a remarkable collection of short stories that takes the reader on an immersive journey through the lives of diverse characters in the South Pacific. This anthology showcases the author's exceptional storytelling skills, transporting readers to the exotic and mysterious world of Nitendi Island and its surrounding areas.

One of the standout features of this book is the vivid descriptions used by Becke to paint a vibrant picture of the landscapes and cultures he encounters. From the lush tropical forests to the bustling markets and tranquil shores, the author's attention to detail creates a captivating atmosphere that allows readers to fully immerse themselves in the story. The author's ability to evoke a sense of place is truly impressive.

The collection is divided into two parts, each featuring distinct narratives. "Martin Of Nitendi" follows the adventures of Martin, a young sailor who becomes stranded on Nitendi Island. Being thrust into a foreign and often dangerous world, Martin's journey revolves around survival, resilience, and his interactions with the indigenous population. This story offers a unique perspective on cultural exchange, highlighting the complexities and misconceptions that arise when different worlds collide.

"The River Of Dreams" delves deeper into the complexities of human emotion and relationships. This story explores themes of love, jealousy, and betrayal amidst the backdrop of a small South Pacific island. Through well-developed characters and intricate plotlines, Becke delves into the depths of the human psyche, portraying the consequences of desire and the shades of morality that exist within us all.

One notable aspect of the collection is Becke's portrayal of indigenous cultures and their interactions with European explorers. The author's nuanced approach presents these encounters with sensitivity and respect, avoiding the traps of exoticism or romanticized depictions often found in literature from this time period. Instead, Becke offers a nuanced portrayal of cultural exchange, acknowledging the complexities and tensions that arise when different belief systems collide.

Overall, "Martin Of Nitendi; and The River Of Dreams 1901" is a captivating collection that beautifully captures the essence of the South Pacific. Louis Becke's masterful storytelling, evocative descriptions, and well-developed characters make for an engaging read. Whether you are drawn to adventurous tales of survival or introspective narratives exploring the complexities of human nature, this anthology offers something for every reader. It is a testament to Becke's skills as a writer and his ability to transport readers to distant lands, leaving a lasting impact.

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By Louis Becke

T. Fisher Unwin, 1901


Half way up the side of the mountain which overlooked the waters of the little land locked harbour there was a space clear of timber. Huge, jagged rocks, whose surfaces were covered with creepers and grey moss, protruded from the soil, and on the highest of these a man was lying at full length, looking at the gunboat anchored half a mile away. He was clothed in a girdle of ti leaves only; his feet were bare, cut, and bleeding; round his waist was strapped a leather belt with an empty cartridge pouch; his brawny right hand grasped a Snider rifle; his head covering was a roughly made cap of coconut nut leaf, with a projecting peak, designed to shield his blood shot, savage eyes from the sun. Yet he had been a White Man. For nearly an hour he had been watching, ever since the dawn had broken. Far below him, thin, wavering curls of pale blue smoke were arising from the site of the native village, fired by the bluejackets on the previous evening. The ruins of his own house he could discern by the low stone wall surrounding it; as for the native huts which, the day before, had clustered so thickly around his own dwelling, there was now no trace save heaps of grey ashes.

A boat put off from the ship, and as the yellow bladed oars flashed in the sunlight the man drew his rifle close up to his side and his eyes gleamed with a deadly hatred... Continue reading book >>

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