Grimble, Arthur Overview. Publication Timeline. Most widely held works about Arthur Grimble. Most widely held works by Arthur Grimble. Return to the islands : life and legend in the Gilberts by Arthur Grimble Book 35 editions published between and in English and Finnish and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide " I did not see them again for seven years.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. I did not see them again for seven years. But that is another story. Acting as resident Commissioner, Magistrate, and in charge of police and prisons, he has to intervene in the riots between the Gilbertese and Chinese labour force and to make arrests single-handed on the island of Arorae.
But the Gilbertese know him as a friend and support him faithfully and with affection, though sometimes not without merriment when he shows himself ignorant of the finer points of their code of behaviour. What stands out again very clearly in this inspiring book is the charm, the humour and the childlike sincerity of the Gilbertese; the courage, modesty and humanity of the author; and their mutual trust and love. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title.
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Be the first to ask a question about Return To The Islands. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Return To The Islands. Shelves: foreign-culture , non-fiction , places , pre-isbn , social-history , islands , first-edition , review-liked , author-male , y I never expected that I should be so fortunate to also find this, the second of his books.
Here, quite literally, lie other worlds. Grimble blesses the luxury of the wonderful postal mail service on Ocean Island: two or three times a month, thanks to the industrial mining and export operations of the British Phosphate Commissioners.
Grimble recounts through events, with rare clarity, honesty, acute observation, and humility, just how the British administered these islands. Shot through with a warm, appreciative, gently humour, his tales are not only of history, anthropology and etiquette, but also of friendships, health, and law and order for example, the outlawing of polygamy.
His description of the islanders philosophy of giving and receiving is just one fascinating example of extreme cultural difference. Such a practice would, I think, improve the present-day please excuse the pun British Christmas no end. The younger generation would tender presents to their elders on Christmas Day, who would return the compliment on Twelfth Night. How strangely reassuring it is to reflect that although everything else in this book is now history, cross-cultural non-verbal communication through string figures still works!
Dec 04, Dan Trubman rated it really liked it. Much less of a straight narrative than his first book, A Pattern of Islands, the book is mostly a series of anecdotes from his time in the Gilbert Islands after the events of this first memoir. Still quite funny at times, with some insight in to what imperial governance meant on the ground, both for those governed by the British, and those sent away to far away distant lands as the colonial project continued in to the 20th century.
Many of the same themes emerge, such as Grimble realizing his ass Much less of a straight narrative than his first book, A Pattern of Islands, the book is mostly a series of anecdotes from his time in the Gilbert Islands after the events of this first memoir.
Many of the same themes emerge, such as Grimble realizing his assumptions about the local customs being utter wrong, his growing appreciation of the local culture, along with an ever deepening comprehension of its complexity, and the occasional absurdities of life as a relatively low level employee of an imperial project based half way around the world. Definitely worth the quick read if you enjoyed A Pattern of Islands, also known as We Chose the Islands in American editions but I would read that book first.
Feb 20, Stacey King rated it it was amazing. Grimble was a Colonial Resident Commissioner and a poetic writer who unfortunately rewrote the history of the Banabans to suit the Colonial government of the times. Dec 07, Thomas rated it liked it. Second part of his first book Pattern of Islands. Not as good as the first one in my opinion, but worth reading it to know more about it. Apr 24, Erinn rated it really liked it. Grimble approaches his colonial service with honor, wit and self-deprecation.
I appreciate the format of the book as I did with his first: a series of short narratives about his interactions with the Gilbert Islanders and the follies that come with intercultural encounters. It wasn't quite as fresh as his first book on his life abroad, but it still filled my appetite for seafaring and propelled me into an age and place in the Pacific that I could not have reached otherwise.
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He then went to France and Germany for postgraduate studies. After joining the Colonial Office in he became a cadet administrative officer in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands , of which he became Resident Commissioner in He remained in the islands until , after which he served as Governor of the Seychelles — and then of the Windward Islands — After retiring and moving to Britain in Grimble became a writer and broadcaster. Pacific Destiny , a film based on his experiences, was released in