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The Riddle of the Sands
The Riddle of the Sands
Author: Erskine Childers
ISBN: 289381
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 320

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Book Type: Hardcover
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His only novel, written in 1903, is set between the Franco-Prussian War and World War I. The milieu is the western coast of Germany, the East Frisian Islands between the Ems and Elbe Rivers. Whats so unusual here? What is Kaiser Bill up to around these nearly barren barrier islands and their attendant ebb tide sand flats? Avast landlubber! Brush up on your nautical nomenclature as most of the action takes place on a small yacht with, at its best, a two-man crew. The treachery of negotiating these tidal flats seems to be a great as rounding Cape Horn. Liken it in some ways to Danas Two Years Before the Mast for nautical detail. The authors approach will make you think that this is non-fiction. In spite of all of the conjecture throughout the book, the truth is not even hinted at until the final few chapters, and there it abruptly ends. If you are not up to the details of sailing, you will find this a tedious book