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In "Wanderings among South Sea Savages and in Borneo and the Philippines" by H. Wilfrid Walker, readers are taken on an enthralling journey through the remote islands of the South Seas and the rugged regions of Borneo and the Philippines. The author's firsthand experiences and vivid descriptions provide a captivating insight into the diverse cultures, stunning landscapes, and thrilling encounters he witnesses.

One of the most striking aspects of this book is Walker's ability to portray the complex and multifaceted world of the South Sea savages. He depicts their traditions, rituals, and ways of life with both curiosity and respect, avoiding judgments or stereotypes. Through his encounters with various tribes, the reader gains a nuanced understanding of the customs, beliefs, and fascinating stories that shape these unique communities.

Furthermore, Walker's meticulous observation and attention to detail bring these remote regions to life. Whether describing the lush rainforests of Borneo, the pristine beaches of the Philippines, or the bustling markets of indigenous villages, his prose is filled with rich imagery that transports the reader to each location. This vividness also extends to his interactions with the local wildlife, offering glimpses into the awe-inspiring flora and fauna found in these exotic lands.

In addition to the breathtaking landscapes and cultural encounters, the author shares his encounters with danger and adventure, adding a thrilling dimension to the narrative. From his daring encounters with headhunters to his expeditions through treacherous terrains, Walker's tales are rife with suspense, keeping readers on the edge of their seats. Moreover, his deep respect for the natural world shines through, making this book not only an adventure narrative but also a heartfelt plea for conservation and appreciation of these fragile ecosystems.

Despite the overall strength of Walker's writing, there are moments when the pacing may feel uneven, with certain sections delving into lengthy historical or anthropological discussions. While these sections contribute to the reader's understanding of the context, they occasionally interrupt the flow of the narrative and may require a greater level of engagement from the reader.

"Wanderings among South Sea Savages and in Borneo and the Philippines" is an engaging and enlightening travelogue that will appeal to armchair explorers, history enthusiasts, and those with a passion for diverse cultures. H. Wilfrid Walker's captivating storytelling and deep empathy for the people and landscapes he encounters make this book a valuable contribution to the exploration and understanding of these remote regions.

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Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And in Borneo and the Philippines

By H. Wilfrid Walker Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society With forty eight plates from photographs by the author and others

London Witherby & Co. 1909

To My brother Charles This record of my wanderings in which he took so deep an interest, is affectionately dedicated.


In a book of this kind it is often the custom to begin by making apologies. In my case I feel it to be a sheer necessity. In the first place what is here printed is for the greater part copied word for word from private letters that I wrote in very simple language in Dayak or Negrito huts, or in the lonely depths of tropical forests, in the far off islands of the Southern Seas. I purposely made my letters home as concise as possible, so that they could be easily read, and in consequence have left out much that might have been interesting. It is almost unnecessary to mention that when I wrote these letters I had no thought whatever of writing a book... Continue reading book >>

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