Results 1 – 12 of 32 Migrations, myth and magic from the Gilbert Islands: early writings of Sir Arthur Grimble;. by Grimble, Arthur Francis Grimble, Rosemary. Sir Arthur Grimble: Oceanic literature: The role of the author: Return to the Islands (), Sir Arthur Grimble vividly relates how oral poems were composed in. Arthur Grimble (–). Writer. + Add or change photo on IMDbPro». Contribute to IMDb. Add a bio, trivia, and more. Update information for Arthur Grimble.

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This made Grimble’s stories very visual to me.

But largely this is the story of his years there, as arbiter, interpreter and medical aid, and it affords an active narrative of personal history and anthropological observation. Published first published January 1st This Was a Man. Jan 17, Laura rated it did not like it.

Feb 05, Andrew Smith rated it it was amazing. Jamie marked it as to-read Jul 24, Bruce Munday marked it as to-read Jan 13, My mother has allways talked fondly of the gilbertise people and the islands.

WE CHOSE THE ISLANDS by Sir Arthur Grimble | Kirkus Reviews

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There are some real gems here, such as the story in which the author becomes human bait in an octopus hunt, and another in which an island is upended by religious fervor that turns it into a short-lived doomsday cult.

Mr Grimble has a good sense of humor and doesn’t take himself seriously, which are 2 very important things for me. In other projects Wikisource. Transferred to other atolls, he lost houses in storms, dealt with copra, and courts. Thanks for telling us about the brimble. He aarthur adopted by an elder on the island where he lived, taught to recite his new family’s lineage in the oral tradition of their ancestors, atrhur was permitted to be ritually tattooed as part of his initiation into I-Kiribati society.


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But that is another story. The best book on his scientific work on the Gilbertese culture has been published by Henry Evans MaudeTungaru Traditions: Apr 09, Kirsty Carslaw rated it it was amazing. Irima Taibo rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Much of this involvement was part of his necessary training to become an effective District Officer and he had to pass colonial office examinations in the language, law and customs of the colony, but he went further than the strict requirements of the job.

The story does drag occasionally, being less of a narrative than a collection of episodes and observations strung together in roughly chronological order, but it is worth reading for its many memorable moments and the window it provides into a little-known culture, and could also provide a much-needed template for how to write a respectful memoir of time spent in a foreign culture.

Brook Dixon rated it really liked it Sep 25, Books by Arthur Grimble. At this time duriing the 50s the islands were part of the british empire.

Please review your cart. He then went to France and Germany for postgraduate studies.

Grimble recounts through events, with rare clarity, honesty, acute observation, and humility, just how the British administered these islands. In a film Pacific Destiny was based on his experiences. View all 3 comments. Instructions and hints to district officers, deputy commissioners, and sub-accountants by Arthur Grimble Book 3 grimbke published in in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

Grimble, Arthur 1888-1956

Within that category, this appears to be the book based on the greatest experience of the islands and their people: Political correctness be damned, this is a charming book of great charm, innocence and love. Dec 07, Thomas rated it really liked it. This is arthue with its hair down. Nov 17, Carol rated it it was amazing. Leaving Time with bonus novella Larger Than Life.

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Arthir My Puny Sorrows. Return to the islands: His adoption into the sun clan- and he was tattooed with impressive ritual- helped him in his judicial work but also led to one incident in which he was the victim of a native’s attempt at sorcery. Governor of the Seychelles — 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.

When Cadet Grimble, accompanied by his young wife, set out for the Islands, he had a lot to learn about British colonial practices and about the lives of the Gilbertese. Here, quite literally, lie other worlds. John Bee rated it liked it Aug 31, Gilbertese myths, legends and oral traditions by Arthur Grimble Book in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

Jan 02, Val rated it really liked it Shelves: Governor of the Windward Islands 18 May — My only criticism of the book is that I’d like to have read more about his wife Olivia and their children born on the Islands, but it won’t diminish the 5 stars i’m giving it!