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Sanders of the River

Edgar Wallace

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ad journeyed down to headquarters to lay the grievances of the people before him, found him unsympathetic.

He interviewed them on his verandah.

"Master, no man leaves us in peace," said one. "Isisi folk, N'Gombi people from far-away countries, they come to us demanding this and that, and we give, being afraid."

"Afraid of what?" asked Sanders wearily.

"We fear death and pain, also burning and the taking of our women," said the other.

"Who is chief of you?" asked Sanders, wilfully ignorant.

"I am chief lord," said an elderly man, clad in a leopard skin.

"Go back to your people, chief, if indeed chief you are, and not some old woman without shame; go back and bear with you a fetish—a most powerful fetish—which shall be, as me, watching your interest and protecting you. This fetish you shall plant on the edge of your village that faces the sun at noon. You shall mark the place where it shall be pla. . . Read More

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Basically a series of short stories run together as a novel. Very much reflects the character of the time (1911). Nowhere near PC but I am old enough to have grown up in days when racial discrimination was perfectly legal and common in the UK - not that I would wish to return to those days - so I ha

Sanders of the River is a series of short stories about a British Colonel serving in South Africa. The book was originally published in 1911 and the stories were first published in The Weekly Tale-Teller.

Edgar Wallace joined the British Army's West Ken Regiment in 1896, would eventually be transfer

I grew up reading Tarzan books so there was nothing much in this book that shocked me. Sanders seems to be the best sort of man for the job -- even-handed in his dealings and firm in his judgement. I am also very glad that early on I decided that being a missionary would bring more harm than good to

Fiction is not written in a vacuum but is founded on personal experiences, other peoples observations and history. This book provides a fascinating view of the clash between the european and african cultures even though it is fiction. This book will compel readers to learn more about the history of

If you can suspend your moral indignation long enough this is an enjoyable read. Sanders is one of the better commissioner. He does not isolate himself from his "charges" and tries to protect them from harmful influences. However he is still the Commissioner.

Book from another time. Definitely a look back at a colonial past, but written early last century so riddled with - what we now recognise as - racist descriptions and the Empire knows best lines.

A good time pass. Frightfully politically incorrect but still a time pass read

Entertaining book

Harkens back to the adventurous time of colonial Africa. Interesting fiction, especially if you enjoy reading about Africa, as I do. Gotta wonder how far these stories are from fact?

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