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The riddle of the sands

Geoffrey Knight

The riddle of the sands

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Published by Cleis Press in San Francisco, Calif .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Gay men -- Fiction,
  • Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction

  • Edition Notes

    Statementby Geoffrey Knight.
    GenreFiction
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPR9619.4.K57 R53 2009
    The Physical Object
    Paginationp. cm.
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL23575843M
    ISBN 109781573443661
    LC Control Number2009025535
    OCLC/WorldCa316026606

    And a certain girl named Clara. Why did Davies want Carruthers to join him? One hopes one doesn't have to compromise too much. However Carruthers agrees to go on the trip and joins Davies in Flensburg on the Baltic, whence they head for the Frisian Islandsoff the coast of Germany. Published init predicted the threat of war with Germany and was so prescient in its identification of the British coast's defensive weaknesses that it influenced the siting of new naval bases.

    Pretty dang good. Compared to modern spy novels, "The Riddle of the Sands" develops very slowly. He finds him and explains how they must flee before the Germans come after them. A gripping book in its own right; even more fascinating in the context of the life and times of its author. In general, the book's protagonists feel no malice towards the Germans. However, though that island provides a convenient cover for the German plotters to meet and talk, what is actually going on there is a genuine salvage operation seeking to find a cargo of gold from a French ship sunken during the Napoleonic Wars.

    The service works on any major device including computers, smartphones, music players, e-readers, and tablets. The plan does not include any direct attack on London which would have necessitated a different and far more risky landing place. Later on in the novel, Childers delivers suspense and intrigue as the two friends creep through fog to spy on the German plans and find their earlier explorations pay off with their knowledge of high-tide paths through the treacherous estuaries. If you are into sailingwhich I know nothing about I would guess the detail around the boat and seamanship would be fascinating. Instead, the first part of the book reads like a travelogue of the Baltic coast mixed with a introduction to nautical terms.


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The riddle of the sands book

Gesine's reading was comfortable and easy to follow. It se There are many red herrings - for example, for much of the book, their suspicions centre on Memmert.

I agree that the maps are important, so I supply a good link. As set out in detail in the book's Epilogue, the German plan constitutes a vast, audacious military deception.

Childers himself was an avid small-craft sailor, with a passion for exploring the North Sea and the German coast. Additional finance was provided by the National Film Finance Corporation.

Several scenes were also shot in the German village of Greetsiel. I owe a big debt to people like Alan Parker and Ridley Scottwho proved to the film establishment that a young film director can get it all together and deliver. This particular edition is wonderful, given the Introduction by Milt Bearden, and the quality of the text itself, so I highly recommend it.

But this is arguable. He manages to follow von Bruning and his men without being noticed, and trails them to a port where they board a tugboat towing a barge. The hidden Carruthers is present at the successful testing voyage where the lighter proves fully sea-worthy, and then manages to sabotage the tug and escape.

The Duke of Leominster - a cynical schemer but also a British patriot - takes on his own the act of sending the Gloria for a desperate last moment effort. For much of its first third, the book seems primarily an account of in-shore sailing on the Baltic, with occasional storms for excitement.

Carruthers and Davies are wonderful characters, the former a fop from the Foreign Office, the latter an eccentric sailing fanatic. In the confusion Carruthers sees the face of the high-ranking participant and recognizing him as "one who, in Germany, has a better right to insist than anyone else" - the implication clearly being that it was Kaiser Wilhelm II in person.

The sequence of Carruthers and Davies navigating their way between sandbanks in the Frisian Islands was shot on Frensham Ponds in Surrey with the aid of nine large fog machines; this was done because the tidal flows and sands of the Frisian Islands would have made actually filming there very difficult.

Childers's life was quite a bit more interesting than this book: he helped smuggle arms to the Irish during their struggle against the British and he was executed by a firing squad.

I found the two characters, Davies, and the narrator, Carruthers, to be believable and sympathetic.

Riddle of the Sands

In one breath he is a total opportunist who would do anything for his grand plan. Found this to be a slow read indeed, had a "boys own adventure" feel to it. German hopes for a quick and decisive victory would hinge upon the loss of the industrial towns being so demoralizing to the British and dislocating to their economy that Britain would agree to sign a peace on terms favourable to Germany.

They make clandestine investigations so they can alert the Admiralty and Foreign Office.

The Riddle Of The Sands (1979)

It is also credited as an inspiration to everyone from John Buchan to Ken Follett. The plot involves the uncovering of secret German preparations for an invasion of the United Kingdom.

Most of all, his books were, and are, moral dramas, as well as political ones. Apologies if this happened, because human users outside of Germany who are making use of the eBooks or other site features should almost never be blocked.

German troops - infantry with the lightest type of field guns - would board big sea-going lighterstowed by powerful but shallow-draught tugs, which would proceed to the sea through the Frisian canal network that was unobtrusively widened and extended for years, in preparation for this day.

But he convinces von Bruning that he believes the cover story about treasure and merely wants to see the imaginary "wreck".May 29,  · The Riddle of the Sands was published in Mayand it has probably sold more than two million copies in its lifetime.

Its author Erskine Childers was infuriated when it was described as fiction, because for him the issue of a probable German invasion by sea was real and the danger obvious. Many reviewers at. LibriVox recording of The Riddle of the Sands, by Erskine Childers.

Containing many realistic details based on Childers's own sailing trips along the German North Sea coast, the book is the retelling of a yachting expedition in the early 20th century combined with an adventurous spy story.

Oct 01,  · Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Eleven years after this book came out, Germany used its navy to try to starve England out via U-Boots sinking ships carrying imports, rather than invasion. But in the meanwhile this book, Riddle of the Sands, resulted in some large changes in the British navy basing, because in fact, the plan was plausible.

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Riddle of the Sands, by Erskine Childers This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. Sep 02,  · Classic review: The Riddle of the Sands The roots of that deeper kind of spy thriller go back to Erskine Childers’s The Riddle of the Sands He is the author of the memoir An Open Book.