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Inhaltsangabe: The author of The Innocent Anthropologist retraces the steps of the founder of Singapore, from Malacca to Java to Bali to Singapore, discussing Raffles's life and describing the characters he meets along the way. 25,000 first printing.
From Kirkus Reviews: Admirers of Barley's witty and revealing anthropological- adventure yarns (Not a Hazardous Sport, 1989, etc.) will be pleased to see that the assistant curator of the British Museum has not lost his touch as he recounts his experiences at sites associated with Sir Stamford Raffles (1781-1826)--founder of Singapore and general burr under the saddle of the high-riding directors of the British East India Company during the early 19th century. Puzzled by conflicting reports on the enigmatic Englishman's life, Barley set off to track Raffles's exploits across the East Asian landscape, through Java, Bali, Singapore, and, finally, back to England, where Raffles died at age 44. The scene shifts back and forth between the Georgian statesman's public successes (governor of Java, knighthood) and private sorrows (the early death of his first wife and three of his four children), and Barley's own befuddlements and brouhahas. Along the way, the author draws unexpected parallels between Raffles's views and those of Indonesia's toppled left-leaning dictator, Sukarno. Barley's own views are delightfully iconoclastic: ``All anthropologists and writers bring a deadly infection, for to make a place known is to contribute to the destruction of what makes it interesting.'' And his eye is always on the alert for the peripheral action, as when he notes a drum majorette's dented baton ``that spoke of the need for further practice.'' Despite Barley's yeomanly efforts, many of Raffles's motivations and even some of his actions remain obscure here. It's the author's own rambunctious exploits that carry the day--and that's more than enough. (Sixteen pages of b&w illustrations, map- -not seen.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
Buchbeschreibung Henry Holt & Co, 1992. Buchzustand: Good. 1st Printing. N/A. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP37401321
Buchbeschreibung Henry Holt & Co, 1992. Buchzustand: Good. 1st Printing. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP93599857
Buchbeschreibung Henry Holt & Co, 1992. Buchzustand: Very Good. 1st Printing. N/A. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP68787905
Buchbeschreibung Henry Holt & Co. Hardcover. Buchzustand: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2761645450
Buchbeschreibung Henry Holt & Co. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear and the pages have only minimal creases. Buchnummer des Verkäufers G0805019685I3N00
Buchbeschreibung Henry Holt & Co. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Very good condition - book only shows a small amount of wear. Buchnummer des Verkäufers G0805019685I4N00
Buchbeschreibung Henry Holt & Co, 1992. Buchzustand: Good. 1st Printing. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP84191334
Buchbeschreibung Henry Holt & Co., nd, c1991, 1991. 1st Edition, boards & cloth w/gilt spine titles, fine w/price clipped dj, 276 pp w/index, chronology & a bibliographical note, tall 8vo, 'Travels in the Footsteps of Stamford Raffles'. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 806
Buchbeschreibung Henry Holt & Co. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. 0805019685 This book is shelved in the British History section of our retail store and may require extra shipping time - Crisp clean unmarked unread hardcover with light shelfwear to the dustjacket. NICE!. Buchnummer des Verkäufers Z0805019685Z2
Buchbeschreibung Henry Holt & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1992. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good +. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. First American edition. Secure binding with no markings to text. JAcket is crimped over spine head and foot. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 089613