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Warriors: Life and death among the Somalis [Kindle Edition]

Gerald Hanley , Aidan Hartley , Joseph Hone
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Somalia is one of the world’s most desolate, sun-scorched lands, inhabited by fierce and independent-minded tribesmen. It was here that Gerald Hanley spent the Second World War, charged with preventing bloodshed between feuding tribes at a remote outstation. Rations were scarce, pay infrequent and his detachment of native soldiers near-mutinous. In these extreme conditions seven British officers committed suicide, but Hanley describes the period as the ‘most valuable time’ of his life. With intense curiosity and openmindedness, he explores the effects of loneliness. He comes to understand the Somalis’ love of fighting and to admire their contempt for death. ‘Of all the races of Africa,’ he says, ‘there cannot be one better to live among than the most difficult, the proudest, the bravest, the vainest, the most merciless, the friendliest: the Somalis.’

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 749 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Eland Publishing (31 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091TQX6G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #265,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feverish, bewitching 8 May 2006
Format:Paperback
Astonshingly good. Probably the closest you can get to a malaria-induced fever just from reading. The heat, the insanity, the humour, the senseless, the humanity and the inhumanity - they are all there. Bewitchingly atmospheric prose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 5 Oct 2008
By Jon P
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A marvellously haunting, evocative book. Hanley was a man decades ahead of his time. I have not read a more honest and piercing assessment of colonialism and British imperialism, delivered by a man operating at its very heart and exposed to its contradictions and absurdities on a daily basis. A masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book 31 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Gerald Hanley's account of his time serving as a British Officer in Somaliland during WW2 is simply an outstanding book. Beautifully and powerfully written you feel as if you are almost there with Hanley as he battles the heat, dust, disease and isolation, The book provides a wonderfully descriptive and sympathetic account of Somali tribal and cultural life. All up an awesome book.
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