Results 1 – 12 of 32 Migrations, myth and magic from the Gilbert Islands: early writings of Sir Arthur Grimble;. by Grimble, Arthur Francis Grimble, Rosemary. Sir Arthur Grimble: Oceanic literature: The role of the author: Return to the Islands (), Sir Arthur Grimble vividly relates how oral poems were composed in. Arthur Grimble (–). Writer. + Add or change photo on IMDbPro». Contribute to IMDb. Add a bio, trivia, and more. Update information for Arthur Grimble.
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Return To The Islands by Arthur Grimble
Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. I did not see them again for seven years. But that is another story. Acting as resident Commissioner, Magistrate, and in charge of police and prisons, he has to intervene in the riots between the Gilbertese and Chinese labour force and to make arrests single-handed on the island of Arorae.
But the Gilbertese know him as a friend and support him faithfully and with affection, though sometimes not without merriment when he shows himself ignorant of the finer points of their code of behaviour. What stands out again very clearly in this inspiring book is the charm, the humour and the childlike sincerity of the Gilbertese; the courage, modesty and humanity of the author; and their mutual athur and love. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Anyone with an interest in people. I never expected that I should be so fortunate to also find this, the second of his books. Here, quite literally, lie other worlds. Grimble blesses the luxury of the wonderful postal mail service on Ocean Island: 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 arfhur 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! Dec 07, Thomas rated it liked it. Second part of his first book Pattern of Islands.
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Not as good as the first one in my opinion, but worth reading it to know more about it. Apr 24, Erinn rated it really liked it.
Grimble approaches his colonial service with honor, wit and self-deprecation. I appreciate the format of the book as Grimblw did with his first: Grimbld wasn’t quite as fresh as his first book on his life abroad, but it still filled my appetite for seafaring and propelled me into an age and place in the Pacific that I grimle not have reached otherwise.
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