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Among Malay Pirates and Other Stories of Peril and Adventure

G. A. Henty

Book Overview: 

G. A . Henty was a prolific writer of historical fiction for young adults. In this collection of shorter stories we visit Malay pirates, have a couple of tales of India, a shipwreck off the Channel Islands and a bursting dam in California, and finish off escaping from captivity in China

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Harry, telling the men to pull the boat forward by means of the branches overhead which were well within reach, but to avoid breaking even a twig.

In a minute or two the bow of the boat arrived at the end of the screen of bushes, and a low exclamation broke from the lieutenant and Harry simultaneously; they were looking out on to an almost circular pool some two hundred yards in diameter. In the center were moored six prahus. Two of them lay broadside on to the creek, the other four were in a line behind these, and it seemed that their broadsides were directed to the opposite side of the pool, for the other two boats were in the way of their firing at the creek. They were long, low vessels, rowing some twenty oars on each side. Each carried a number of small brass guns, and they were evidently full of men, for numbers could be seen on deck, and boats were passing to and fro between them and a small village at the edge of the pool. Having taken in all the detail. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Very good read. An adventure in the land of the Malay Pirates ending in Canton China.

From start to completion it was an extremely interesting time. Centuries having been left behind us. The struggles and troubles being a part of life then. And makes one aware of what people had to endure to live tog

Henty’s stories often follow similar patterns and tropes, but the world building and setting is always stellar.

I know I said I wanted to challenge myself by reading all of G. A. Henty's books, but I promptly forgot about it. Or rather, I had so many other books I wanted to read and I'm not good at e-books. All excuses I know, but well, I've finally finished another book(:

I started reading Among Malay Pirates

Baca terjemahan Ali Qowais. Walaupum banyak kesalahan ejaan, masih lagi menarik dibaca. Tanah Melayu semasa era kolonial membangkitkan rasa klasik!

An interesting book that was popular in its day - dated dialogue, perhaps quaint would be a better word - full of 'daring do' and boys adventure, but oddly enough I enjoyed reading this book as a fine example of all our yesterdays.
The author died on 1902 and a few years later I wonder if his storie

Saya membaca karya ini hasil terjemahan Ali Qowais dan diterbitkan oleh Garoda Merah Press. Berdasarkan bacaan, saya berpendapat penulis menghasilkan karya ini ketika era kolonial, semasa British mentadbir banyak tanah jajahan sama ada di India, Kepulauan Melayu dan Canton China. Jadi cerita-cerita

Consists of few short stories, an enjoyable read though at times I had to check out the glossary of nautical terms.