Carol edited the first edition of The Riddle of the Sands Saturday, July 20, 2013.
Carol edited the summary of The Riddle of the Sands Saturday, July 20, 2013.
This 1903 novel is a spy story that includes a factual account of small boat handling in the treacherous waters off the Frisian Islands. The `Preface' explains this book as a record of the adventures of "Carruthers". The British government was warned, but little was done. So Childers decided to publish this story to warn the public of a possible invasion of Britain. In Chapter 1 Carruthers gets an invitation to go yachting in the Baltic sea. He accepts out of boredom. The yacht is a converted life boat, thirty feet long and nine in the beam. Arthur Davies can sail this boat without help. Then Davies tells what happened before he invited Carruthers. Carruthers decided to go along with the plan. Davies talks of the ambitions and rivalry of Germany.
The chapters describe sailing in a small boat in the North Sea. Cold, fog, and tides that imperil a small yacht. There is the story about the mysterious German, his young daughter, and his business associates. There is a mystery about a salvage operation on an old shipwreck by Memmert Sand. Carruthers has been called back to London. But in Amsterdam he disguised himself and doubled back. Carruthers' suspicions are confirmed by a boat at night towing a lighter. There is a surprise in the last chapter. The `Epilogue' discusses the plan to invade and conquer Great Britain by surprise.
A similar invasion was planned in 1940 until it was prevented by The Battle of Britain. The difficulties of an invasion from sea were solved in June 1944. While a blockade of shipping can damage Britain, its internal resources will help. Only a successful invasion will conquer Britain <as in 1066>. There is no mention of the Territorial Army here. Some have claimed this was the first spy novel. "The Prisoner of Zenda" was published years earlier (political intrigue into a dynastic succession).
The life and death of Erskine Childers is as interesting as any novel. An Englishman who married an American of Irish descent, Childers smuggled guns into Ireland from Germany (obsolete single shot Mausers). He was caught up in the Troubles and executed in reprisal for the assassination of Michael Collins. His son served a term as the President of Eire.
Aga M. edited the first edition of The Riddle of the Sands Thursday, February 28, 2013.
Shelfari submitted a request to combine 2 books Sunday, December 16, 2012.
Shelfari approved its own request to combine 2 books, including The Riddle of the Sands, Sunday, December 16, 2012.
Shelfari submitted a request to combine 2 books, including The Riddle of the Sands, Sunday, December 16, 2012.
Punxsutawney Paul approved Trekgeekgirl’s request to combine 6 books, including The Riddle of the Sands, Thursday, September 20, 2012.
Trekgeekgirl submitted a request to combine 6 books, including The Riddle of the Sands, Tuesday, September 4, 2012.
Two Readers in Love edited the links to supplemental material of The Riddle of the Sands Thursday, August 23, 2012.
Two Readers in Love edited the classification of The Riddle of the Sands Thursday, August 23, 2012.