Summer read: Sandokan: The tigers of Mopracem

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This book, written by Italian adventure novelist Emilio Salgari in 1884, describes the adventures of Sandokan and Yanez, Malaysian and Portuguese pirates rebelling against the imposition of Dutch and British rule for possession of the Straits Settlements.  It is a reasonably good yarn.  It is a fictional Italian view from afar, yet still somewhat informative view of a guerilla war of the 19th Century.  Salgari never left Italy, and died penniless by his own hand as a result of depression compounded by his wife’s own mental illness and lack of steady income.  He and his wife raised four children happily before these troubles occurred.

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