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The Cannibal Islands

R. M. Ballantyne

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. . .s lying on the snow as insensible as a stone.

All hands were now called from the fire, and an attempt was made to carry them to it, but every man was so weak from cold, hunger, and fatigue that the united strength of the whole party was not sufficient for this. The night was extremely dark, the snow was very deep, and although they were but a short distance from the fire, it was as much as each man could do to make his way back to it, stumbling and falling as he went through bogs and bushes.

Thus the poor negroes were left to their sad fate, and some of the others were so near sharing that fate with them that they began to lose their sense of feeling. One of Mr Banks’s servants became so ill, that it was feared he would die before he could be got to the fire.

At the fire, however, they did eventually arrive, and beside it passed a dreadful night of anxiety, grief, and suffering. Of the twelve who had set out on this unfortunate expedition in health and goo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

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Fairly enjoyable unlengthy account, predominantly of the Cook story with some details about coral island formation and cannibalism in the south seas. The latter is often in the nature of - it would not be proper to tell the ghastly details of the cannibal lifestyle - followed by some particularly gr

Interesting and informative.

"Cook says he was much surprised at the want of curiosity in these savages of the Cape, and seems to have formed a very low opinion of them.

They were conducted all over the ship, yet, although they saw a vast number of beautiful and curious things that must have been quite new to them, they did not