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on 22 January 2009
A Pattern of Islands (which was also made into a film `Pacific Destiny' in 1956 starring Denholm Elliott, Michael Horndern and Gordon Jackson) is a mad ramble through Colonial life on the Ellice and Gilbert Islands. A true raconteur, the stories came to life first a series of BBC talks (after his retirement) and then later as this book. It's a gem of a read, and probably among the last of its kind. Not so easy to find these days, but well worth seeking out!
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on 27 November 2012
Utterly charming. I recalled the book as a set-read in grammar school in the 1950's and renewing my acquaintance brought back a flood of pleasant memories - our English teacher was a young and enthusiastic man who drew you along with him as he conjured the atmosphere of the former colonial islands of the Pacific. The humorous self deprecation and the eye opening customs of the Islanders are a real treat in this jaundiced and cynical age.
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on 26 January 2015
I read this in school many years ago. It's revealling how the bad old colonial days are not suggested in this book and it's interesting to have such an enlightened writer who seems unrepresentative of his age.
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on 10 March 2015
I bought this for my brother. It is an old and fascinating book, well worth a read.
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on 12 November 2002
I found this book very interesting I was lucky enough to spend some of my childhood in The Gilbert Islands from 1976 to 1978. Although this book is set in a much earlier time I found the history of how the Britons dealt with being in the islands and why they were there very informative and Grimbles stories of peoples life and traditions are entertaining. The only down side is the language can be a little diffcult due to it being oldfashioned.
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on 8 June 2015
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