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Tales of the Malayan Coast From Penang to the Philippines   By: (1864-1901)

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Tales of the Malayan Coast is an immersive and captivating collection of stories that transport readers to the enchanting region stretching from Penang to the Philippines. In this exquisite book, author Rounsevelle Wildman skillfully weaves together a tapestry of legends, myths, and historical accounts, delivering a rich and insightful exploration of the diverse cultures, vibrant landscapes, and intriguing characters that populate this fascinating corner of the world.

From the very first page, Wildman's lyrical prose engulfs readers in the exotic ambiance of the Malayan Coast. With meticulous attention to detail, he brings to life the bustling streets of Penang, the hidden coves of Borneo, and the secluded villages along the Philippine archipelago. It is evident that the author possesses a deep love and respect for this region, as he masterfully describes its natural beauty and the unique way of life of its inhabitants.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in its extensive research and comprehensive knowledge of the cultures it portrays. Wildman seamlessly blends history with folklore, seamlessly connecting the past and the present. Through narratives of folklore passed down through generations, the reader gains invaluable insight into the traditions, beliefs, and customs that have shaped these societies throughout time. Whether it's the haunting tale of the Penanggalan, a vampiric creature in Malay folklore, or the exploits of legendary Filipino pirates, these tales offer a window into a world steeped in magic, mystery, and adventure.

Furthermore, Tales of the Malayan Coast also delves into the tumultuous history of colonialism and the clash of cultures that shaped the region. Wildman skillfully navigates the complexities of this colonial past, shedding light on the profound impact it has had on the people and landscapes of the Malayan Coast. Through vivid accounts of encounters between indigenous populations, European colonizers, and Chinese merchants, the author paints a nuanced picture of the region's history, challenging readers to confront the legacy of imperialism.

In addition to the enthralling narratives, Wildman's lyrical prose elevates the reading experience, evoking a sense of wonder and enchantment on every page. His vivid descriptions of lush jungles, crystal-clear waters, and ancient temples transport the reader to another time and place, filling the senses with sights, sounds, and scents of the Malayan Coast. The author's poetic style vividly captures the essence of this captivating region, making the book an engaging and immersive read.

While Tales of the Malayan Coast is an exceptional exploration of a fascinating part of the world, it may not appeal to readers seeking a linear, plot-driven narrative. The book consists of episodic tales woven together by overarching themes and settings rather than a traditional story arc. Therefore, it may be best appreciated by those who value cultural exploration, historical context, and lyrical storytelling over a conventional plot structure.

In conclusion, Tales of the Malayan Coast From Penang to the Philippines is a true gem for anyone seeking an enchanting and insightful journey through the rich tapestry of the Malayan Coast. Rounsevelle Wildman's evocative writing style, meticulous attention to detail, and extensive research make this book a captivating experience that will transport readers into the heart of this diverse and magical region. Whether you are a lover of history, folklore, or simply wish to embark on a literary adventure, this book is not to be missed.

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Tales of the Malayan Coast

From Penang to the Philippines


Rounsevelle Wildman

Consul General of the United States at Hong Kong

Illustrated by Henry Sandham


Lothrop Publishing Company

Copyright, 1899, By

Lothrop Publishing Company.

Norwood Press J. S. Cushing & Co. Berwick & Smith Norwood Mass. U.S.A.

To Our Hero And my friend Admiral George Dewey, U.S.N. I Dedicate this Book

Flagship Olympia, Manila, 21 Sept., 1898.

My Dear Wildman:

Yours of 12th instant is at hand. I am much flattered by your request to dedicate your book to me, and would be pleased to have you do so.

With kindest regards, I am, Very truly yours,

George Dewey.


These stories are the result of nine years' residence and experience on the Malayan coast that land of romance and adventure which the ancients knew as the Golden Chersonesus, and which, in modern times, has been brought again into the atmosphere of valor and performance by Rajah Brooke of Sarawak, the hero of English expansion, and Admiral George Dewey of the Asiatic squadron, the hero of American achievement... Continue reading book >>

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