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"Great retro, daggers-clenched-in-teeth, bloodthirsty pirate, swashbuckling fun. Salgari is much under-appreciated in the English speaking world." Don, Goodreads.com

Would you be the greatest pirate in the South China Sea or would you hang up your sword to be with the woman you love?... Selected by Julia Eccleshare's 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.

Salgari's pirate tale is chock full of action, [like] the better dime-novel adventures of the late 19th-early 20th century, Douglas Fairbanks' Sr. swashbuckling movies, or the Indiana Jones films -- this is the sort of thing Salgari has put to paper. --George Dodds, Sfsite.com

In my search for the best in historical, swashbuckler-type adventure fiction, I have more than once stumbled across the name of Emilio Salgari. Having now read the first book, Sandokan: The Tigers of Mompracem, I must say that I can see what all the fuss is about, but I would have seen it all even better had I been able to read the book when I was about thirteen. The story of a vicious, revenge-obsessed pirate who suddenly falls in love, causing everything to change for him, is full of the kind of melodrama, and spurts of blood, that I would have loved at that age. ~Elijah Kinch Spector 

This tale captivates the reader and sweeps him/her back in time on a whirlwind ride through storm-swept seas and lush tropical jungles inhabited by dangerous beasts. --Cindy Vallar, Pirates and Privateers

The book really flies from adventure to adventure. Most of the short chapters end on an insane cliff-hanger. I would imagine if you were reading this as a chapter book with a kid, the story layout would be fun. Anyhow, the book is a blast. I can see why it's an old, beloved children's book. ~ Cindy, Goodreads.com

From the Author

Sharing traditions. That's what we do at ROH Press. For over a century the adventure novels of Emilio Salgari have been popular with children in Italy and Latin America. His most popular works were pirate tales featuring Sandokan, 'the Tiger of Malaysia' and the Black Corsair, a nobleman turned pirate to avenge the murder of his brothers. They are considered classics for readers aged 10-14 and have been the basis for comic books, TV series and movies.
 
ROH Press has published the first ever English translations of his most popular works. In 2008, they were awarded the Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs' Translation Award for the English language version of Emilio Salgari's classic The Tigers of Mompracem. In 2009 the Sandokan and Black Corsair novels were both listed in Julia Eccleshare's 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up. 
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Product Details

  • Series: Sandokan
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: ROH Press (September 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097827072X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978270728
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emilio Salgari was born in Verona on August 21, 1862, to a family of modest merchants. When his dream to captain his own vessel and explore the world was shattered by poor marks at a naval institute in Venice, he turned his passion for exploration and discovery to writing. He wrote more than two hundred adventure stories and novels, many of which are considered classics. Setting his tales in exotic locations, with heroes from a wide variety of cultures, Mr. Salgari used his powerful imagination to bring the wonders of the world to the doorstep of generations of readers. Arguably the best selling Italian author of all time, Emilio Salgari is virtually unknown to the English-speaking world. Yet, like his adventure-writing counterparts Jules Verne in France and Henry Rider Haggard in England, Emilio Salgari was knighted for his contribution to literature.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Magliocco on October 6, 2005
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Emilio Salgari was one of the best adventure writers of the early 20th century, although he wrote only in Italian and never left Verona, the city of his birth. I (and most Italian children) grew up reading these swashbuckling adventure novels; most were about pirates as noble social rebels with their own code of honor, fighting the bad guys by land and by sea in the Caribbean, Malaysia and other exotic locales. Sandokan is no exception. He's the ultimate romantic hero: the son of a Raja deposed by the British, he has his own island, Mompracem, from which he struggles against evil colonizers for the cause of good. When I was a kid these books made me want to be a pirate! (Unfortunately the career possibilities were poor, so I became an anthropologist instead.) Salgari's books took countless Italian kids to the far corners of the earth with their exciting, action-filled drama; it's great to finally see one of them in English. More, please!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 2003
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I grew up in Mexico City reading Salgari's books and although I still keep my original books (translated to Spanish) I have always regretted that my children (raised in the US) can not read the stories in English. But now it's finally possible! I think that if an American audience had a chance to read Salgari's rich adventures, it would be hooked on it. Thank you for bringing Sandokan back to my life!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terttu Ahtonen on June 28, 2007
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It is funny how small events can make people do something weird!

I first heard the name Sandokan when I was less than ten years old. That time I had no idea what it was all about. Only years later I found the book Tigers of Mompracem translated in English. I bought it, I read it and I fell in love with it!

It is one of the best books I have ever read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay Mey on March 28, 2015
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This is a great, classic adventure novel. I love novels set in exotic locations full of swashbuckling characters, and this book fulfills that every request. Salgari really knows his way around adventure. Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ivana Jancar on September 4, 2013
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A very basic style of writing, but the subject is fascinating.. Talks about our part of the world and is refreshingly politically incorrect within the context of traditional british world view.
Love it!
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