A pattern of islands arthur grimble

The protagonist, Authur Grimble, tells us of a lost time in the South Pacific and leaves me at least, craving for a time machine and a posting with the UK colonial office. I would love to visit the islands at some point but they really are very remote. With each passing day he grows fonder of the place and the good-natured people he has a privilege to meet.

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I had never seen an article in the news about Kiribati until a few days ago see link below. For a longer review in Italian, pl This is a great book, funny and very well written, by a British civil servant who lived in the Gilbert Islands now Kiribati for nineteen years, from to Arthur Grimble worked as a British colonial officer in what were then known as the Gilbert Islands for about 20 years, the first six — of which are covered in this book. For those interested in Kiribati, or Pasifika in general.


My Dad told us that 'burping' after a meal was considered polite in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands. His various stories aryhur a wide range of topics. Eland Books September 8, Language: Recommended to Ariel-lionel by: Read whilst at school, I still cherish it after nearly 50 years and hope one day to visit these magical islands. He told of his family's experiences with charm never sparing the errors he made living in a culture so different from the one he grew up in.

I would give it five stars if the authors original drawings were in this edition. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. As the representative of a distant government in London, Grimble found himself thrust into the middle of a complex and very different society of fishermen, with well-defined traditions for civility, intermural warfare, poetry and even sorcery.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. One person found this helpful. With each passing day he grows fonder of the place and the good-natured people he has a privilege to meet.

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With typical British understatement, respect, and humor, he captures a fascinating portrait of the people he came to administer. I read this book sixty years ago and remembered it for his experiences with fishing for a giant octopus. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Once begun I could not put it down. The answer is that the country's literary presence seems limited to white men's expat memoirs. Some of you will be wondering how I could choose a memoir by an actual colonial officer as my world challenge book for Kiribati.

If you want to read a story about patterb days, buy it and read it. I think this won a national literature award when it was first published, hence it's place on the syllabus but it even put us committed readers off.

And whatever else can be said of him, he was clearly fascinated by local culture and prepared to respect the people he encountered. I'm fascinated, entertained and gripped by the accounts he gives of the lives and feats of the then Gilbert Islanders and also by his own brilliant achievements, which he writes about with much modesty, but also with humour.

Feb 05, Andrew Smith rated it it was amazing.

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My impression resulted from the insight Grimble relates as he faced novel situations alone, and his thoughts while overcoming his feeling of lack of preparation.

Due to distance and slowness of arhur, he was often on his own after the first couple of years on Ocean Island Banabawhere Britain ran phosphate mines and which was apart from the other islands.

Beyond the hilarious and frightening adventure stories, A Pattern of Islands is also a true testament to the life of these Pacific islanders.

All the more reason to read this very enjoyable, well-written, humorous account of the Pacific of long ago. See all 3 questions about A Pattern Of Islands…. These islands and their inhabitants had been under British rule for only 22 years at the time. Page 1 of 1 Start over Ppattern 1 of 1.

He's humble and self-deprecating in a way that feels true and unforced; he's appropriately respectful of the culture he's portraying; and he seems to have made every effort to assimilate into that culture as much as possible.

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