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Book Title: Sandokan|
The author of the book: Emilio Salgari
Edition: Globus, Zagreb
Date of issue: 1976
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 468 KB
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Reader ratings: 7.6
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Aye, the pirates be defeatin' their dastardly foes in this book. Gar, matey!
A fabulous Spanish friend here at GoodReads mentioned that Sandokan was one of her favorite series of books when she was a kid. I said that I had never heard of Sandokan, which was a surprise to her as well. So I did some research, and discovered that there are 11 Sandokan novels, and many more published by other authors after Salgari's death. I was really confused why I had never heard of these books, especially when one of them (the title I'm reviewing here) is on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list.
I had quite a time hunting down a copy of this book! I figured since this book was originally published in 1900, and is a beloved children's book that it would have an English translation well out of copyright. I found a .pdf online, and didn't look at the file carefully. It's provided by the publisher and is only the first 3 chapters. As of this review, an eBook in English is not available, and only 3 libraries in North America carry a copy, according to WorldCat. I was perplexed until I read this review at SFSite.
It turns out that the very popular and famous Sandokan novels were never translated into English. The first translation was published in 2003, but was self-published. Eventually the book was picked up by a small publisher, and re-released in 2007. It's very easy to purchase, but like I said, almost no libraries carry the book and there's no ebook. But here's the funny thing: Sandokan has been made into numerous movies and TV shows both in Britain and the US.
Before I get to the review of the book, check out the gorgeous cover of the original 1900 Italian edition:
That mustache! The turban!!
Now, to our swashbuckling adventure! Sandokan is the notorious and dreaded Tiger of Malaysia. At the start of the book he and his band of pirates, who make their home on the island of Mompracem, off the coast of Borneo, have been looting and plundering for 12 years. You see, Sandokan is a prince, whose kingdom has been taken over and family killed by a rival prince with the aid of the evil British and Dutch colonists. Our hero, Sandokan, hears of a beautiful maiden on the island of Labuan nicknamed the Pearl of Labuan.
It turns out, Pirates get into all sorts of trouble when they are bewitched by a beautiful maiden. The pirate heart softens, and becomes insanely melodramatic. The dialog was so damn entertaining - it reminded me of silent movies. Sandokan leads his band of men, with his Portuguese sidekick, Yanez, on raids and adventures to rescue the blonde Pearl of Labuan.
Like any good pirate story there are: murders, hide-outs, treasure, plundering, deception, cliff-hangers, descriptions of weapons, bad-ass knives like the Kris (all the Tigers seem to carry one of these daggers.), gin and battles galore! I was highly entertained by the descriptions of the plants and animals of Borneo. I had to look up all sorts of words, such as perahu, carbine, babirusa, and calamus. I'm glad I did, because they really set the scene.
The book really flies from adventure to adventure, and there's no traditional story arc. I've been told that these books have been chopped up and re-packaged over the years, so I'm not sure how the English version fits with the original Italian edition. Most of the short chapters end on an insane cliff-hanger. I would imagine if you were reading this as a chapter book with a kid, the story layout would be fun.
Anyhow, the book is a blast. I can see why it's an old, beloved children's book.
Ahoy! Where can I find a bottle o'gin?
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Read information about the authorFather of Italian Popular Culture, Grandfather of the Spaghetti Western, Father of Heroes are but three of the titles bestowed upon Italian adventure writer Emilio Salgari. He wrote more than two hundred short stories and novels, many of which are considered classics. Setting his tales in exotic locations, with heroes from a wide variety of cultures, Mr. Salgari brought the wonders of the world to the doorstep of generations of readers.
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