Start your review of A Pattern Of Islands Write a review Shelves: 3-stars , memoirs , world-books-challenge , kiribati , pacific-islands Some of you will be wondering how I could choose a memoir by an actual colonial officer as my world challenge book for Kiribati. Within that category, this appears to be the book based on the greatest experience of the islands and their people: 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 Some of you will be wondering how I could choose a memoir by an actual colonial officer as my world challenge book for Kiribati. Within that category, this appears to be the book based on the greatest experience of the islands and their people: 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. And whatever else can be said of him, he was clearly fascinated by local culture and prepared to respect the people he encountered.
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Shelves: foreign-culture , non-fiction , places , pre-isbn , social-history , islands , first-edition , review-liked , author-male , y I read the first of Sir Arthur Grimbles memoirs, A Pattern of Islands several years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I never expected that I should be so fortunate to also find this, the second of his books.
Thats what I love about second-hand bookshops; you never know what youre going to find. Simply paying twice the price or more to buy a book, sight and condition unseen, doesnt even come remotely close to that pleasure. Here, quite literally, lie other worlds. Grimble blesses the luxury of the wonderful postal mail service on Ocean Island: two or three times a month, thanks to the industrial mining and export operations of the British Phosphate Commissioners.
Grimble recounts through events, with rare clarity, honesty, acute observation, and humility, just how the British administered these islands. Shot through with a warm, appreciative, gently humour, his tales are not only of history, anthropology and etiquette, but also of friendships, health, and law and order for example, the outlawing of polygamy.
His description of the islanders philosophy of giving and receiving is just one fascinating example of extreme cultural difference.
Such a practice would, I think, improve the present-day please excuse the pun British Christmas no end. The younger generation would tender presents to their elders on Christmas Day, who would return the compliment on Twelfth Night. How strangely reassuring it is to reflect that although everything else in this book is now history, cross-cultural non-verbal communication through string figures still works!
A Pattern Of Islands
Owen rated it really liked arthuf Sep 30, Refresh and try atthur. Grimble collected stories from the last generation who could remember the full glory of the old pagan ways. To ask other readers questions about Return To The Islandsplease sign up. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
Return To The Islands
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