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10 thoughts on “The Riddle of the Sands

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    I have read of men who, when forced by their calling to live for long periods in utter solitude save for a few black faces have made it a rule to dress regularly for dinner in order to maintain their self respect and prevent a relapse into barbarism It was in some such spirit, with an added touch of self consciousness, that, at seven o clock in the evening of September 23 in recent years, I was making my evening toilet in my chambers in Pall Mall I thought the date and the placed justified I have read of men who, when forced by their calling to live for long periods in utter solitude save for a few black faces have made it a rule to dress regularly for dinner in order to maintain their self respect and prevent a relapse into barbarism It was in some such spirit, with an added touch of self consciousness, that, at seven o clock in the evening of September 23 in recent years, I was making my evening toilet in my chambers in Pall Mall I thought the date and the placed justified the parallel to my advantage even for the obscure Burmese administrator might well be a man of blunted sensibilities and course fibre, and at least he is alone with nature, while I well, a young man of condition and fashion, who knows the right people, belongs to the right clubs, has a safe, possibly a brilliant future...


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    2.5 stars rounded upThis novel is quite an oddity a very early example of the spy genre and very influential amongst later writers like Le Carre, Follett and Fleming and comparable to Haggard and Buchan Its author a traditional example of the stuff that made the Empire Of course, nothing is that simple and Childers went from being an ardent supporter of the British Empire, serving in the Boer War and being decorated in the First World War to being an ardent supporter of Irish independence 2.5 stars rounded upThis novel is quite an oddity a very early example of the spy genre and very influential amongst later writers l...


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    Erskine Childers was shot by firing squad during the Irish civil war in 1922 According to Wikipedia, his last words were a joke at the expense of his executioners Take a step or two forward, lads It will be easier that way His son was subsequently elected fourth president of Ireland in an upset election in the 1970 s, sadly to die in office a year or so later Whatever the circumstances of his life and death, this story is a cracking good read , one of the earliest novels in the genre of s Erskine Childers was shot by firing squad during the Irish civil war in 1922 According to Wikipedia, his last words were a joke at the expense of his executioners Take a step or two forward, lads It will be easier that way His son was subsequently elected fourth president of Ireland in an upset election in the 1970 s, sadly to die in office a year or so later Whatever the circumstances of his life and death, this story is a cracking good read , one of the earliest novels in the genre of spy fiction Don t be put off by the various maps and charts at the beginning of the book it is entirely possible to enjoy the story without knowing anything ...


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    The short book is usually considered the first, if not one of the first, spy thrillers That is not usually my genre but it always appears on the lists of great mystery books, so I thought I should give it a try Written in 1903, it tells a story which is a precursor to WWI in which German agents are attempting to learn the military secrets of Britain Carruthers, a lower level clerk in the Foreign Office is invited on a sailing cruise by a friend and the first part of the story is dedicated t The short book is usual...


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    A bit misleading, the cover of this historical thriller Initially thought that this novel was set in Egypt instead of the German Coast pre WW1 Found this to be a slow read indeed, had a boys own adventure feel to it.A bit of a slow burner for sure but some wonderful atmosphere and dialogue A lot of nautical terms which I wasn t familiar with but I do en...


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    This book and the movie adaptation was much loved in my family home Childers wrote it pre WWI and it s based on a sailing trip he took around the Frisian sands.The book is told from Carruther s perspective He is wasting away summer in London s Foreign Office when he receives a missive from an old university friend, Davies, who is sailing in the Baltic Sea and is in desperate need of supplies Cheered up with the thought of spending a few weeks pleasure c...


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    I read this book because I totally thought it was about something else This is what happens when you see a book on a list, in this case the 1001 books to read before you die list, and run off at a tangent because it has the word sand in the title Did I pause to read the 1001BTRBYD entry concerning this book Nope I bought it in a second hand store, motored home and curled up on the sofa with the vague and woolly notion of getting some sort of desert based mystery, possibly with an archaeolo I read this book because I totally thought it was about something else This is what happens when you see a book on a list, in this case the 1001 books to read before you die list, and run off at a tangent because it has the word sand in the title Did I pause to read the 1001BTRBYD entry concerning this book Nope I bought it in a second hand store, motor...


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    It was quite interesting to read which inspired the modern espionage books.According to Mark Valentine,he ranked it in the top five spy stories of the 20th century, along with Buchan s The 39 Steps, Conrad s The Secret Agent Somerset Maugham s Ashenden and the now unjustly overlooked Bretherton, a Great War tale by Major W.F Morris.This was the only fiction book written by Childers who was unfaithful charged by treason since he was found in possession of a firearm a capital offense by the I It was quite interesting to read which inspired the modern espionage books.According to Mark Valentine,he ranked it in the top five spy stories of the 20th century, along with Buchan s The 39 Steps, Conrad s The Secret Agent Somerset Maugham s Ashenden and the now unjustly overlooked Brether...


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    I m not sure I ve ever been so happy to finish a book.From what I understand The Riddle of the Sands is considered one of the first spy stories at 1903 , though the validity of that statement is easily debatable Regardless, I m glad to see spy stories have improved significantly Remember in Moby Dick unabridged there are all those chapters about the history of whaling, and whaling boats, and the anatomy of a whale, and what parts can be used for food and candlemaking and whatever else That I m not sure I ve ever been so happy to finish a book.From what I understand The Riddle of the Sands is considered one of the first spy stories at 1903 , though the validity of that statement is easily debatable Regardless, I m glad to see spy stories have improved significantly Remember in Moby Dick unabridged there are all those chapters about the history of whaling, and whaling boats, and the anatomy of a whale, and what parts can be used for food and candlemaking and whatever else That s sort of what this was like, except not nea...


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    This book was given to me with the enticement of its being the first spy novel This may be true, but just as the first submarine was clunky and didn t submerge much, The Riddle of the Sands is heavy, outmoded and pretty much no fun to read Like some of the John Buchan novels Buchan was a fan of Childers , it is part propaganda, meant to spur on the Brits to prepare themselves against a German attack Published in 1903, it was later seen as prescient so, historically, it has interest It is This book was given to me with the enticement of its being the first spy novel This may be true, but just as the first submarine was clunky and didn t submerge much, The Ri...


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The Riddle of the Sands Reading The Riddle Of The Sands Author Erskine Childers Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Childers Lone Masterpiece, The Riddle Of The Sands , Considered The First Modern Spy Thriller, Is Recognizable As The Brilliant Forerunner Of The Realism Of Graham Greene And John Le Carre Its Unique Flavor Comes From Its Fine Characterization, Richly Authentic Background Of Inshore Sailing And Vivid Evocation Of The Late 1890s An Atmosphere Of Mutual Suspicion And Intrigue That Was Soon To Lead To War.