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Hashish: A Smuggler's Tale (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 5 Jul 2007
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About the Author
Henry de Monfreid (1879-1974) was an adventurer, seaman and smuggler. His publications include Secrets of the Red Sea and Sea Adventures.
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This book is full of fascinating stories and characters. The ingenuity and initiative that DeMonfried displays is truely remarkable. A deffinite must-read!
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I believe this author wrote a number of books about his adventurous life. This one seems to be the only one that was translated into English.
The padding consisted of a number of tangential anecdotes and many unnecessary philosophical observations. A few of such observations would have served to illuminate the author/narrator's character. But when you get them in every other paragraph throughout then it's just padding.
I must confess there was a little suspense generated towards the end of the book with respect to whether he was going to be successful in his smuggling enterprise.
It was also sort of strange that he was never curious enough to try and smoke any hashish to see what it was like.
This book relates a small chapter in his life and his superior writing style is up to the task. I would add, that the book loses a little something in its translation from the French, as is usually the case.
However, it remains well worth reading.
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