Sanders of the River

Author: Edgar Wallace
Published: 1930
Language: English
Wordcount: 58,908 / 176 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,633
Added to site: 2011.09.16
mnybks.net#: 30762
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and this, and that."

In other words he accused them of overstepping the creed of Equality and encroaching upon the borderland of political agitation.

"Lies!" said the elder of the two, without hesitation.

"Truth or lies," he said, "you go no more to Isisi."

"Would you have the heathen remain in darkness?" asked the man, in reproach. "Is the light we kindle too bright, master?"

"No," said Sanders, "but a bit too warm."

So he committed the outrage of removing the Ethiopians from the scene of their earnest labours, in consequence of which questions were asked in Parliament.

Then the chief of the Akasava people--an old friend--took a hand in the education of King Peter. Akasava adjoins that king's territory, and the chief came to give hints in military affairs.

He came with drums a-beating, with presents of fish and bananas and salt.

"You are a great king!" he said to the sleepy-eyed boy who sat on a stool of state, regarding him with open-mouthed int

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2015.07.07
Leah A. Zeldes
****.

A series of stories about Sanders, a British commissioner in Africa. Edgar Wallace served in Africa and he gets the background right. However, his attitudes are definitely those of his times, and while he accords the African people a much more individual and human status than many pulp writers of the era, his vision is a decidedly paternalistic one.

If you can overlook that, the stories are thoroughly enjoyable and amusing. Fans of Alexander McCall Smith should enjoy them.

Books in the series, not all available here, include:

Sanders of the River, 1911
The People of the River, 1912
Bosambo of the River, 1914
Bones, 1915
The Keepers of the King's Peace, 1917
Lieutenant Bones, 1918
Bones in London, 1921
Sandi, the King Maker, 1922
Bones of the River, 1923


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