Jan 17, Laura rated it did not like it. Published first published January 1st The book ends with the family returning to England on leave for the first time, and the final line of the book tells us that when he returned to the islands he didn’t see his family again for another seven years. See all 3 questions about A Pattern Of Islands…. Paradise in part, Grimble discovers that the islands also had their fair share of savage warfare and murderous scapegoating.

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In Arthur Grimble went to the Gilbert and Ellice islands as a cadet in the colonial service a junior administrative officerbecoming a District Officer inbased on Tawara and then Abemama and Beru. This silands is written on the experiances of a young colonial official in the early twentieth century.

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No trivia or grimlbe yet. Amazon Business Service for business customers. Grimble doesn’t escape all of the cultural limitations of his time, but the memoir is fascinating and respectful. Buy this product and stream 90 days of Amazon Music Unlimited for free.

The book is a mix of social anthropology and anecdotes, often amusing, about his time in the Gilbert Islands. Not only does it give a glimpse into a society that had only recently come into contact with the modern world, but it also reveals a lot about the surprisingly benign British Empire of the time.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jan 02, Val rated it really liked it Shelves: Due to distance and slowness of communication, he was often on his own after the first couple of years on Ocean Island Banabawhere Britain ran phosphate mines and which was apart from the other islands.


Grimble is honest about his naivete and inexperience and gives much credit to the native islanders who were both helpful and amused by his lack of knowledge. 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! Yet another book we were forced to read at school at a tender age and found incomprehensible. Arthur Grimble worked as a British colonial officer in what were then known as the Gilbert Ispands for about 20 years, the first six — of which are Artuhr of you will be wondering how I could choose a memoir by an actual colonial officer as my world challenge book for Kiribati.

There is a sequel to this book. I tried, I really tried but I couldn’t make it past chapter one.

a pattern of islands arthur grimble

I had never seen an article in the news about Kiribati until a few days ago see link below. Having lived in New Zealand, the Pacific theme and references are all too familiar.

Charming snapshots grimbl a bygone colonial era and a newly discovered people,illuminating the rather haphazard fashion that the empire was run by enthusiastic amateurs in a somewhat benign fashion.

A Pattern of Islands

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Return to Book Page. However, I enjoyed it and it is a good book to finish on World Books Day! Jan 30, Rhys rated it really liked it Shelves: Pwttern is an end of empire story that is in serious danger of giving colonialism a good name.


Thanks to his open mind he writes of their behavior as diplomatic and reasonable. I wonder what he would make of those changes.

a pattern of islands arthur grimble

The Gilbert Islands are a stone’s throw from the Carolina Islands where I lived for 4 years More years later than I care to mention, I was reminded of it sufficiently to seek a copy out and re-read it. This is entertaining reading, though a bit slower going than I expected. Oct 20, Bob Newman rated it it was amazing. Which is a very tiny and very remote island nation lf the pacific, with so few surviving natives we have limited recorded history of them.


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Grimble, unsurprisingly, supports colonialism. Having referred in the prologue to the prevailing view of the time that “Dominion over palm and pine or whatever else happened to be noticeably far-flung was the heaven-conferred privilege of the Bulldog Breed”, Grimble was himself interested in the customs and legends of the islanders, learned their ways, respected them and seemed to regret that some of their traditions had been destroyed by over-zealous colonial administrators and missionaries.

Charming story of a time long past when the English held sway over many parts of the world.